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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Excellent post on the Atlantic Yards

Do any of you know anyone personally who favors the damn Ratner project? I sure don't.

Anyway, mole333 does an excellent job of explaining why opposition isn't just NIMBYism:

The issues that surround development in NYC in general, and Atlantic Yards in particular, include the culture of corruption that seems to be filtering from the Federal government down to the local level, the neglect or active removal of "undesirable" communities (usually minority and poor), government secrecy, excessive links between business and government, use of tax money to aid big business, and the exclusion of the community from major decisions regarding its own future. The interests of the rich are put above the interests of the city even by the city government, and this is often done in secrecy. It is hard to think of a single issue that encompasses more fundamental concerns of the progressive movement than Atlantic Yards.

It's well worth checking out the whole thing, though it's long. mole333 elaborates on each of the above and puts the Ratner development into context in a changing Brooklyn.


  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    No, but I know a lot of people who are indifferent about it.

    What I've heard a lot is "well at least there's going to be a lot of affordable housing included."

  • At 7:03 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I know a lot of people who are indifferent too.

    Of course, most of the affordable housing isn't going to be on site. It's going to be in neighborhoods farther out.

  • At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I know people personally affected, they have been bribed, coerced and treated like all around crap. Affordable housing is a no brainer to create, ratner is just the head of an ugly ugly scene going on in Brooklyn. And as an African American I findit more offensive that people think its just "nimby" or folks with money who oppose this greed. I need work, but not from the likes of this crew.

  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I think what's most annoying about the Ratner project is exactly that no one wants it, it's being built on public land, it's going to overload public traffic and sewage systems, and there's exactly fuck-all any of us ordinary peons can do about it.

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    That's the thing. It feels like a done deal.

    Without Cablevision, we are nothing.

    (btw, I'd be curious to hear more about the strongarming tactics that anonymous mentioned)


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