Even today, Poletown neighborhood provides a good example of the fragile relationship that the city has with its citizens. During 1972, GM corporation offered to build a manufacturing plant on the large tract of land upon which Poletown neighborhood was built. Its proposed plan was to bring in economic activity and job growth to the people around the area, a means to serve the public good. But it required razing down many of the houses which many private landowners opposed to. The City of Detroit used eminent domain to take the land away from the residents and a lawsuit followed. In the Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit, the Supreme Court of Michigan made the use of eminent domain constitutional after stating that a “higher level of scrutiny” confirmed a “clear and significant” public benefit . The neighborhood was moved out and the plant was built there, only to fail in its promise to bring in the level of economic growth it proposed before. This made many people angry at what they saw to be abuse of power by the city and public trust dissolved considerably since then .
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