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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

Bloomberg Maintains Out of Touch Stance on Atlantic Yards

Bloomberg overrode the twice-voted term limits law supposedly because he is such a smart, competent financial guy and has a grip on what's going on, that only he could lead us through the wilderness.

But if you read his comments in The Brooklyn Paper below you might start thinking he is out of touch, clueless.

Would a financial wizard have a problem understanding that Ratner can't afford Frank Gehry any more (if he ever could, which is doubtful)? Would a financial wizard miss a bait and switch if it bit him in the rear?

And would a master handler of the City's business really think that a "small group of people" could stop a $4.9 billion development project?

Some news for the Mayor: The opposition to Atlantic Yards is very big, the small group is the one including you that has tried to foist Ratner's boondoggle on Brooklyn.

From The Brooklyn Paper:
Bloomy still wants Gehry — plus other tidbits from the mayor in our endorsement sit-down

By Mike McLaughlin

Mayor Bloomberg said on Monday that Atlantic Yards would be a better project if Bruce Ratner would bring back Frank Gehry’s much-hyped designs for the stalled and increasingly costly arena and 16 skyscrapers.

“If there’s any way Ratner can possibly do it, he should use the Gehry design, because he will get great events from around the world going directly to Brooklyn,” the mayor told a team of reporters and editors from the Community Newspaper Group, the parent company of The Brooklyn Paper. “Simon and Garfunkel on their tour would go to Brooklyn in a second before they go to Madison Square Garden. They’re New Yorkers.”

The meeting was a stop on the campaign trail for the would-be third-termer, who won the chance to run for re-election last year after the City Council acceded to his wishes that the two-term limit be eliminated, despite two public referenda affirming it.

Naturally, that topic came up.

“It was a unique period in the city,” he said. “The economy was starting to fall apart, our school system was on the verge of a major breakthrough … so I just decided that I would go ahead and, if the City Council wanted to change the law, let’s see what the voters want.

“The voters want somebody independent and competent and hopefully they’ll think I’m that way,” he added.

The hour-long interview covered many topics, but Bloomberg spent plenty of time on Brooklyn’s long-running saga, Atlantic Yards.

Like the developer himself — and the borough president he admires — Bloomberg argued that Ratner’s opponents, who have waged numerous court battles against Ratner and his government allies, were largely responsible for depriving Brooklyn of the vaunted architect’s vision.

“One of the great sins here is this small group of people stalled it so long [that] the economy is different,” Bloomberg said.

“I tried to get Ratner to go ahead and do the Gehry design. I thought it would have been an icon, but the economy is just not there.”

But the mayor conceded that Ratner probably would have faltered during the real-estate bust, even without relentless opposition from groups like Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

“He might have been in trouble halfway through, but at least he would have a project in the ground, going up.”

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So, the Mayor backed a project that couldn't make it through a tough economy that he apparently didn't see coming and he blames it on a "small group of people." Who is to blame for all of Ratner's bait and switches? Who is to blame for the arena going up 50% in cost one year after it was approved? Could it be Ratner and his supporters?

Could this be a lesson for the Mayor to learn, that perhaps we should not keep going forward with a project so massive that it can't handle an economic downturn, so massive that it is not feasible or does the finanacial manager of New York City think that there won't ever be another downturn?

(Update: More from Norman Oder: Bloomberg blames AY opponents for loss of Gehry, fails to analyze 50% leap in arena cost.)

Posted: 8.25.09
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