The Fordham Urban Law Journal hoted a debate between NYU Professor Roderick Hills and Ilya Somin on the eminent domain decisions by the New York Court of Appeals in the cases of Atlantic Yards (aka Goldstein) and Columbia University (aka Kaur).
Somin's 2011 article “Let there Be Blight”, which I covered here and here, argued that these takings violated both the New York state and federal constitutions, especially, he said, because of the contrast between the court’s broad definition of blight and the state constitutional provision limiting blight condemnations to “substandard and unsanitary areas.” Hills responded with a critique and Somin posted a reply.
I quoted Somin's argument:
the New York Court of Appeals erred badly, by allowing highly abusive blight condemnations and defining pretextual takings so narrowly as to essentially read the concept out of existence. The "extraordinarily broad defi…