Volume 5

The Strange Career of Private Takings of Private Property for Private Use

Jan G. Laitos

Throughout the Intermountain West, an interesting and disconcerting trend is occurring in resort communities that are also world-class skiing meccas, such as Breckenridge, Aspen, Telluride in Colorado or Summit County in Utah. Wealthy second-home buyers, dubbed “amenity migrants,” have driven up prices so much in these communities that virtually no one else can afford to either buy or rent homes there. Those who actually work in these resort communities—the police, firefighters, cooks, ski-lift operators, waitstaff and housekeepers—cannot afford to live there and instead must commute from more affordable locations, often hours away.

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5 BRIGHAM-KANNER PROPERTY RIGHTS CONF. J. 125 (2016)