Historic Preservation in Boulder and New London

Boulder housing on the site of a defunct drive-in movie theater.

The picture to the left of a housing subdivision in Boulder, Colorado shows an interesting contrast between newer cities in the western USA and older cities in the eastern USA. New London, Connecticut became famous for stealing the old houses of Susette Kelo and others so that the city might collect more taxes, which the Supreme Court blessed as a legitimate use for eminent domain. Boulder, Colorado, jealous of the long history of eastern cities, reminds us that they are historical, too, by refusing to allow housing developers to tear down old garbage like drive-in movie theater signs.

According to Wikipedia, the New London conflict ended ironically:

The City eventually agreed to move Susette Kelo’s house to a new location and to pay substantial additional compensation to other homeowners. The redeveloper was unable to obtain financing and abandoned the redevelopment project, leaving the land as an empty lot, which was eventually turned into a dump by the City.

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