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Yes, Thankfully, Euclid Lives

17 Pages Posted: 16 May 2010  

Charles M. Haar

Harvard Law School

Michael Allan Wolf

University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2004


Professors Haar and Wolf reiterate their endorsement of Progressive jurisprudence, as embodied in the Supreme Court's opinion in Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., despite Professor Eric Claeys's effort to expose the political theory underlying Progressive legal thought. They highlight problems with Professor Claeys's portrayal of the actual practice of zoning and with his use of history, problems that seriously undercut Professor Claeys's findings regarding the political beliefs of early zoning and planning advocates, the evolution of zoning law in the courts, and the role natural law played in American legal history.

Keywords: Regulatory Takings, Euclid v. Ambler, Zoning, Progressivism, Zoning, Planning

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Haar, Charles M. and Wolf, Michael Allan, Yes, Thankfully, Euclid Lives (2004). Fordham Law Review Vol. 73, pp. 771-787, 2004. Available at SSRN:

Charles Haar

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Michael Wolf (Contact Author)

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