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Endorsing Atlantic Yards
August 6th, 2006

The Times looks at the proposed Atlantic Yards project today and likes what it sees: desperately needed housing, the return of major league sports (the NBA Nets) to Brooklyn, Frank Gehry buildings that would add a sense of excitement to the entire area, and a boost for city and state revenues. The paper has a few qualms, saying there should be more public review, and that developer Forest City Ratner (which is also working with the Times on building its new headquarters) may be getting more in subsidies than it should. Most of all the Times thinks the project could use a bit of downsizing but by and large, it concludes, the planners are correct in seeing an opportunity to build something grander and doing it at the one place in the borough that can handle it. (Have they been at Flatbush and Atlantic recently?)

Bloggers quickly challenged the Times contentions. On housing, Atlantic Yards Reports, says, The apartments aren’t a gift to a housing-starved city. Of the 6,860 projected units, 4,610 would be market-rate, and a good segment of the affordable units would rent for over $2,000 a month.

In a letter to the paper (posted on Develop Dont Destroy), Park Slope resident Steve Kroeter wonders, Why exactly is it important for Brooklyn to have a major league sports team when 25 percent of the population of the borough lives under the poverty level? And in his letter, Malcolm Armstrong of Fort Greene says the Times reasoning harks back to the Robert Moses era of destructive, sweeping ‘improvements’ that wiped out entire neighborhoods and left a permanent scar on the city.

By on August 6, 2006, 8:57 pm
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