• Kelo vs. City of New London
  • May 24, 2017
  • In case you don't know, Kelo vs. New London is one of the more famous US Supreme Court (USSC) cases in modern history. One of the reasons it is so famous is mainly because it is so controversial. Kelo brought a nation together for the simple fact that the USSC's ruling was so backwards and in total contradiction to the "Takings Clause" of the 5th Amendment.

    In 2002, the city of New London, Connecticut wanted to condemn the properties of numerous homeowners, one being, Susette Kelo and her neighbors to make room for a massive redevelopment project headed by Pfizer Inc., as a hotel-retail-condo "urban village." In other words, Kelo and her neighbors would be removed to and for the benefit of a private entity.

    In 2005, the USSC ruled in a 5-4 decision, the Court basically held that if a legislative body has found that an economic project will create new jobs, increase tax and other city revenues, and revitalize a depressed urban area (even if that area is not blighted), then the project serves a public purpose, which qualifies as a public use. Stunningly, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg sided with the majority opinion.

    After much time, Kelo and her other neighbors lost the fight. Many years later, the journey began to turn Kelo into movie; however, to recreate the history and details of Kelo was not going to be easy. There were many things to consider, such as, financing, locations, providing both sides of the argument, actors, salary, and finding a house just like Kelo's little pink house.

    Little Pink House premiered in February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. with the hopes for a release in summer or fall. For updates, check facebook.com/littlepinkhousemovie.