http://volokh.com/2009/11/24/new-yo...pholds-atlantic-yards-condemnations/#comments The New York Court of Appeals has issued its opinion in Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corporation, an important property rights case. The 61 decision upholds the condemnation of numerous properties in the Atlantic Yards area for the purpose of transferring them to powerful developer Bruce Ratner, who plans to use most of the land to build a new stadium for the New Jersey Nets and to construct luxury housing. This outcome is not surprising. As I explained in this post, where I predicted the result, New York courts are among the most hostile to property rights of any in the country. New York is also one of only seven states that hasnt enacted eminent domain reform of any kind since the federal Supreme Courts controversial 2005 decision upholding economic development condemnations in Kelo v. City of New London. There are homes in that "blighted" area that cost SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. Just another example of how politicians look out only for those who can line their campaign coffers with real money. While they may talk about the value of Main Street and everyday people your value is simply a vote one day each two to four years. If you live in New York your home falls under the definition of blight as the definition is so broad to encompass anyone who basically is not a friend of the local politicians or mega rich campaign donors.