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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

Ratner's Barclays Center Arena IS a "Frill at the edge"

Businessman Mayor Bloomberg was interviewed today by Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press. What he says below kind of echoes what new Empire State Development Corporation CEO/President Marisa Lago said last week about "strategic economic development" in a "down economy."
[Video]

MR. BROKAW: I moved to New York in the 1970s. The city was on its backside at that time. Real estate prices were depressed--not just suppressed, but depressed. Central Park was a mess, the infrastructure was in desperate need of a lot of work. Are you going to go crashing back into the 1970s in New York as a result of what's happening on Wall Street?


MAYOR BLOOMBERG:  No, we're not going to make the mistake--the mistake that was made in the '70s is we stopped policing the streets, we stopped cleaning the streets, we stopped cleaning the graffiti off buildings, we stopped supporting our cultural institutions and building parks and schools and all those kinds of things.  We are going to go ahead and continue those things. We may have to stretch out some construction projects, we may have to ask people to do more with less.  We may not be able to have the frills at the edge, but we are not going to walk away from our city.  That's the prescription for disaster.  When you do that, your tax base leaves, and the rest of this country, as well as New York, are going to have exactly the same decisions to make.  The taxpayers are going to have to decide do they want to have a future or not?  If they don't want to have a future, then they're not going to have to pay as much now, but if they want to leave a better world for their kids, they're going to have to pay the bills up front.

(Emphasis added)
"Frills at the edge," presumably would include a publicly subsidized, privately-owned $950 million-and-rising arena (the most expensive ever proposed), which would pay no property taxes, create very few new jobs and be a net loss for New York City all while providing a tidy profit for developer Bruce Ratner.

Ratner's Folly is certainly a "frill" any way you look at it.

Update: NoLandGrab comments
We're not sure what stretching out a construction project could mean, other than allowing endless timelines. Although a project with no timeline and no public money would be great, shouldn't the taxpayers who "have to decide do they want to have a future or not" have some say in these matters?



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