An introduction to Constitutional Law 100 Supreme Court cases everyone should know

Randy E. Barnett & Josh Blackman

The Penn Central Transportation Company wanted to build a tower atop Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. New York City designated the train station as an historic “landmark” in order to block the redevelopment. Penn Central argued that the landmark designation was an unconstitutional “taking” of its air rights over the terminal. The Supreme Court upheld the designation in Penn Central Transportation Company v. New York (1978).

Justice Brennan wrote the majority opinion.

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