Well... the Supreme Court has really done it to us... Eminent domain can now be used to take the last real opportunity from the working class. Private property, worked for, by generations of the hard working... can now be taken by the state for private use, like Malls.
So, the old days of the folks holding out for fair price, or to preserve their neighborhood is over. The state can take the property from the small holder for the sole purpose of giving it to the rich...
Each day this world and nation becomes more foreign to me. This is not the nation I learned about in social studies classes or in law school. Forget the Constitution... where is Magna Carter?