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holding that while "there were reasonable theories supporting each side's position as to blighting," the court would not question the judgment of the City Board of Alderman).
Louis), BLIGHTING STUDY: AREA BOUNDED BY TWELFTH, CLARK, ELEVENTH, AND WALNUT BOX 9:123 (1969) (on file St.
2001) (finding that a prosperous shopping mall could still be an economic liability where blighting factors exist and the mall is not "keeping its value relative to neighboring, similarly situated and similarly used properties").
18) When Costco threatened to relocate in 1998, Lancaster officials relying on the old "blight" designation moved to acquire the 99 Cents property through eminent domain--with the intention of giving it to Costco outright, a tack which the courts, in a rare check on local blighting, condemned as "nothing more than the desire to achieve the naked transfer of property from one private party to another .
141) Blighting, in other words, is driven not by objective urban conditions, but by the prospect of private investment.
or deteriorating area, or an area which has a blighting influence on the
See generally Colin Gordon, Blighting the Way: Urban Renewal,
populated tenement neighborhoods," as blighting factors.