Civil Liberties

Reason Writers Around Town: Radley Balko Writes for Slate on Montgomery, Alabama's Contempt for Property Rights


Over the last 10 years, the city of Montgomery, Alabama has condemned hundreds of private homes as "blighted," demolished them, then sent the home's owners a bill for the demolition. What's behind it? Over at Slate, Reason Senior Editor Radley Balko looks at the possible causes and finds the usual cozy government-developer relationships. But Balko also finds that, perversely, many of the demolished homes owned by African-Americans happen to lie along a federally-funded civil rights trail commemorating the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery.