Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Associated Press ran an interesting story yesterday about the final days of Centralia, Pennsylvania, which has rested for decades above an intense, underground coal fire. The federal government condemned the town in the 1980s and 1990s, but a hand few of holdouts have remained. The state government now appears to be getting serious about removing them. This story presents a lot of interesting property aspects -- from environmental concerns to eminent domain policy to the relationship between property, place and personal identity. Interested readers can find a number of resources on Centralia here, although I can't vouch for any of them personally.
P.S. Thanks to Stetson Law student Emily Pabalan for bringing the story to my attention.
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