July 24, 2014
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited
Justice Paul Stevens wrote the majority opinion, "The city has carefully formulated an economic development plan that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including - but by no means limited to - new jobs and increased tax revenue."
O'Conner was joined in dissent by justices Scalia and Thomas and Chief Justice Rehnquist..