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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Atlantic Yards is the Sore Thumb

The NY Times's hard-headed editorial "Construction and Hard Times" begins:
With the recent exhumation of a Red Sox jersey from the site of the new Yankee Stadium, another sports arena will move forward jinx-free. If only the rest of New York City’s grand development plans could get back on track so easily. Work is slowing, stalling or stopped altogether on too many of the projects we hoped would transform some of the bleakest sections of the city.

The faltering economy is a big factor, but there is also a lack of leadership. The leader of the Empire State Development Corporation quit along with Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor.

A committee of marquee name business leaders that was formed to find a replacement has just begun its search, but it needs to act quickly. There are far too many important projects in need of the support and direction of a top-flight developer and negotiator...

...Atlantic Yards
The Nets arena appears to be moving ahead, but the centerpiece Miss Brooklyn building designed by Frank Gehry is likely to be delayed. A strong state hand could ensure that the project — with adequate lower-income housing — survives hard times...
("Bleakest?" Norman Oder comments on that unfortunate phrase.)

Anyway, the editorial goes on to list 6 projects the Empire State Development Corporation is overseeing. The six they list are:

> Penn Station
> Manhattan's West Side
> Calatrava's PATH station
> Atlantic Yards
> Pier 40
> Javits Convention Center

Which one of these things is not like the other? (Hint: it's bolded.)

Five of the six are projects initiated by government and driven by government. Atlantic Yards, on the other hand, was initiated by Ratner and driven by Ratner. The project has been Ratner's baby from conception and if the developer can't make it happen, the state should use its "strong hand" to remove its support and push forward worthy and necessary projects over the Vanderbilt rail yards and elsewhere. (Here is a place to start.)

The "leader" of the Atlantic Yards project is Bruce Ratner, not the ESDC. The ESDC didn't even get into the back seat until years after Ratner unveiled the proposal. The fact that The Times's editorialists lumps all of these projects together, and can't see that one sticks out like a sore thumb, explains a lot.

Posted: 4.18.08
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