Public use

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In the United States, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution provides that property “shall not be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Cases have now established that “public purpose” may amount to “public use,” that is, that a level of government may expropriate private land to resell to another private owner to assist a development proposal.

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