KRT Wire | 02/21/2005 | Supreme Court to consider eminent domain: "Berliner, with the Institute for Justice, said Kelo isn't asking the court to overturn its 1954 ruling or even diminish eminent domain in a way that will affect private development.
She said that because even New London agrees that Kelo's neighborhood isn't a blighted slum, it's an extreme case.
'We're just trying to have the standards enforced properly,' she said. 'It's one thing to take (property) for private development of a blighted area, it's another to take it to simply raise tax dollars or create jobs."
So apparently the argument is that if the neighborhood is poor -er "blighted" then it is okay to seize their property by force to develop the area for people with more money. If they are middle class then its not okay.
I like to think of this as the long struggle of local governments to keep class warfare alive and well.