Daily News Forum on Atlantic Yards
July 24th, 2006
Yesterday the Daily News ran pro and con articles discussing whether the proposed Atlantic Yards project is good for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz writes the Yes article, claiming that Brooklyn needs to think seriously about how it will grow without worsening existing housing and employment challenges. “Without serious leadership in Washington or Albany, we must look to public-private collaborations such as Atlantic Yards to be part of the solution – that’s reality, not theory,” he argues.
In the No article, architecture and urban design professor Ron Shiffman argues that the project is not the best solution to provide housing, and that the lack of transparency throughout the planning process has led to a plan that ignores the communities that surround it. ” What subsidized housing is included in Atlantic Yards must not become the stalking horse for an ill-conceived development that consumes public lands, adversely impacts our communities and blatantly abuses the powers of government,” he writes.
“In an editorial this morning entitled Eminent Sense in Brooklyn Domain, the Daily News sides with Markowitz, saying that the project’s opponents are “holding Brooklyn’s future hostage.”
“Eminent domain,” it writes, “was created for cases like this”By Joshua Brustein on July 24, 2006, 3:41 pm
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