"Today nearly all real property is susceptible to condemnation on the court's
theory," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in opposition to the ruling. "Any
property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party."
O'Connor said the opinion would result in a shift of property away from poor
owners in favor of those with "disproportionate influence and power."
Justice Clarence Thomas went further in his dissent, arguing that the
court's decision "regrettably" would exacerbate the harmful effects that urban
renewal projects have had on African-American communities.