Since the Supreme Court delegated this to the states, citizens need to take action and talk to their reps about preserving their ownership, because local government can be easily enticed into selling out lower and middle class districts to developers.
A few months later [following Kelo vs. New London], the Ohio Supreme Court was the first state high court to decide an eminent-domain case in this altered legal environment, in City of Norwood vs. Horney. In Norwood, an island within Cincinnati, a few homeowners declined to sell to make way for the development of condos and retail space. The workingclass neighborhood was far from what any reasonable person would consider blighted.
So the city made up a category, deteriorating, for a neighborhood that one day might fall into disrepair. Among the reasons for seizing the property were that the roads were too heavily traveled and poorly designed and that the neighborhood had too much “diversity of ownership,” meaning too many people owned their own homes and businesses.
Ohio’s justices decided that rationale didn’t fly.
Thankfully, the justices were right, this time. All this talk about small business driving the economy, you’d figure “diversity of ownership” would be a good thing. Thanks a lot to the local government Norwood, your sad sack obvious attempt to undermine individual property rights has spurred a movement to write new state laws.