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February 21, 2014

ERICKSON: Property rights and history

It is a general tenet of the American experience that an individual should be allowed to control his property within reason, so long as it does not affect the rights of his neighbors. If a person enters into a sales contract to sell his property, he should be allowed to sell it. Occasionally, however, people assign historic meaning to a piece of property and they seek to preserve it. Where the owner’s rights and the community’s sense of history conflict, the owner tends to win.

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