Property Rights

Your home is your castle—unless the government thinks it should be a shopping center. Learn how citizens and local governments can protect homes and businesses from government takeovers.

<p>Your home is your castle—unless the government thinks it should be a shopping center. Learn how citizens and local governments can protect homes and businesses from government takeovers.</p>

The Tempe City Council will vote tonight on whether to condemn 214 acres of private property so it can be turned over to a private developer to build a mega shopping center. That may be a worthy project for the prime real estate, but 
Article 2, Section 17 of the Arizona State Constitution prohibits private property from being taken for private use.

 

The Tempe City Council has approved condemnation of private businesses to make way for a new shopping center. The move violates a key provision of the Arizona Constitution that prohibits taking property from one private owner and turning it over to another private owner. The City's move is likely to face several court challenges.

Under the state constitution, Arizona’s elected officials have the responsibility to protect individual rights and promote limited government. The Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days so policymakers at every level of government can enter 2011 with a bundle of suggestions to increase the state’s prosperity and expand freedom.

A three-year legal battle has ended in a settlement, making way for Tom and Elizabeth Preston to open a tattoo studio in Tempe. The effort was derailed in 2007 when residents complained the business would hurt neighborhood-revitalization efforts and lower their property values.

Tom Preston said he and his wife got news of the settlement Thursday.

"We're super excited. Oh my gosh, we finally get to open," he said.

Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute released its 2010 "100 Ideas for 100 Days," an annual handbook designed to provide Arizona's elected officials with a stable of ideas to help meet their constitutional obligation to protect individual rights and promote limited government.

Protecting individual rights and promoting limited government aren’t just buzzwords. Those are the constitutional obligations of our elected officials. The Arizona Constitution explains this clearly in Article II, Section 2.

After winning the Goodman v. City of Tucson case, the Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick joined KJZZ's Here and Now program to talk about it.

A Pima County Superior Court judge refused this week to throw out a lawsuit by a Tucson mini-dorm developer who sued the city claiming city demolition rules lowered his property values.

Tucson--A Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of Goldwater Institute client Mike Goodman, who filed suit against the City of Tucson under Arizona's Proposition 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act passed by Arizona voters

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