Is This North Carolina or Zimbabwe?
How Property Rights in North Carolina Deteriorated to the Level of a Third-World Country
By Craig J. Richardson
Under North Carolinas Map Act, which tightly restricted construction or development in designated transportation corridors, state officials could delay acting on a building permit request by up to 1,095 days. The law, which was repealed in 2016, offers a case study of how the weakening of property rights leads to unintended consequences.