The Associated Press reported Mount Holly officials approved a settlement last week to end a high-profile housing discrimination case, just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court was to hear arguments on it.
The litigation goes back to 2002, when the township supported a
redevelopment plan to buy and then raze the modest brick homes in the
blighted neighborhood and replace them with new homes, apartments and
stores. Residents sued, saying they would not be able to afford to live
in the new development.
The case received national attention and was one of the most
anticipated on the Supreme Court's docket because it involved the theory
of racial disparate impacts. Some residents asserted that the
redevelopment was discriminatory because three-fourths of the Mount
Holly Gardens residents were minorities.
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