183) Nonetheless, in one New Jersey case, the redevelopment area reached twenty-three feet in the air at one point in order to reach a second parcel of land while blighting only the airspace between them.
Finally, blighting and redevelopment, especially under TIF statutes, is distorted by an intense local competition for tax revenues.
252) Such a redefinition would, ideally, address all of the abuses touched on above; it would restrict blighting to urban and residential areas, adopt clearer objective standards for both the determination of blight and the "but for" test, control the reach and scale of TIF or redevelopment areas and ensure that the eradication of blight, and not a short-sighted scramble to pad the local tax base, remains the organizing principle of redevelopment.
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").
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).