Nectow v. City of Cambridge

United States Supreme Court277 U.S. 183 (1928)


Nectow (plaintiff) owned property and entered into a contract to sell the land to a purchaser who wanted to use the property for commercial purposes. Before the sale was consummated, the City of Cambridge (defendant) passed a zoning ordinance that placed a 100 foot wide strip of Nectow’s property under residential zoning restrictions. Because of the zoning restrictions, Nectow’s purchaser reneged on the contract. Nectow filed suit seeking an injunction ordering the city to allow the construction of any type of building irrespective of the ordinance restrictions. The trial court upheld the ordinance and denied Nectow’s petition for injunctive relief. Nectow appealed.

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