"The dispute between the homeowners and the city officials became a classic test of government power versus individual rights. It pitted a community’s hopes for economic rebirth against an individual’s right to keep one’s home.
Economic development emerged as the clear winner.
The high court’s opinion goes further than before in allowing the government to invoke its “eminent domain” and to seize private property from unwilling sellers.
The Constitution says government may take private property “for public use” if it pays the owners “just compensation.” Originally, public use meant the land was used for roads, canals or military bases. In the 19th century, railroads were permitted to take private lands because they served the public.
In the mid-20th century, the court said officials could condemn homes and stores in “blighted” areas as part of a redevelopment plan. That 1954 decision helped trigger various urban renewal projects across the nation.
In today’s decision, the court went a step further and said officials need not claim they were condemning blighted properties or clearing slums. Now, as long as officials hope to create jobs or raise tax collections, they can seize the homes of unwilling sellers, the court said. This “public purpose” is a “public use” of the land, the court said in Kelo vs. New London."
So what does this mean? Does this mean anytime a company wants to build something they can, or do they have to look at other locations before taking over private property?