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Recent ress releases from DDDb
April 12, 2006
Albany Grants $100 Million for Ratner Proposal
"Atlantic Yards" Developer Receives Subsidy While Project Remains a Financial, Planning and Environmental Mystery

April 6, 2006

Ratner/ESDC "Atlantic Yards" Scope of Analysis Seriously Flawed

Developer Increases Project Size, Makes Hollow Claims & Ignores Community

March 30, 2006
Albany Buries $33 Million for Ratner Arena in Education Fund
"Atlantic Yards" Developer, Seeking $100 Million, Receives Subsidy
While Proposal Remains a Financial, Planning and Environmental Mystery

March 15, 2006
NYPIRG, Elected Officials and Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods Submit Briefs in Support of Conflicts of Interest Finding in Review of ‘Atlantic Yards'/Ratner Proposal

March 8, 2006

Impending Demolition of "Underberg Building" By Ratner Attempt to Stabilize Battered "Atlantic Yards" Proposal
Ratner's Demolitions Subvert State Review Process

February 16, 2006
Empire State Development Corporation to Appeal Decision to Disqualify Conflicted Attorney David Paget from Review of Ratner's "Atlantic Yards"
Move By ESDC Raises Serious Questions About Its Desire to
Retain Lawyer So Roundly Rebuked by Justice Carol Edmead on Tuesday

February 14, 2006
State Court Judge Rules ESDC/Ratner Lawyer
Has Conflict of Interest

DDDB and Co-Plaintiffs Win Case to Disqualify Lawyer Representing Ratner and ESDC

February 8, 2006
Councilwoman Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Congressman Major Owens Join In Filing an Amicus Brief Against The Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner
Elected Officials Representing Proposed Ratner Development Site
Support Suit Seekin
g Injunction on Rubber-stamped Demolition Approval
and Disqualification of Conflicted Attorney

February 7, 2006

South Brooklyn Legal Services Joins Lawsuit Against Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner
Low-income Advocates Seek Injunction on Rubber-stamped Demolition Approval and Disqualification of Conflicted Attorney

January 18, 2006
DDDB and Community Co-Plaintiffs File Suit Against Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner
Suit Seeks Injunction on Developer's Proposed Demolitions Around "Atlantic Yards" and Disqualification of ESDC's Counsel–Sive, Paget & Riesel–for a Conflict of Interest

October 6, 2005
The Crain's Insider Says Ratner Opponents Wield Political Power

Leading Ratner Opponents, Letitia James and Norman Sieg
el Thump Ratner Supporters in Districts Impacted by the Developer's 18 Skyscraper and Arena Plan

September 29, 2005
Bruce Ratner Buys B.U.I.L.D., Fabricating Support for Atlantic Yards

Smoking Gun IRS Documents Reveal $5 Million Payment to Supposed "Community Organization"
B.U.I.L.D and Ratner Have Denied Funding Scheme

September 20, 2005
Mayor Bloomberg Misleads and Misinforms on Ratner's Atlantic Yards

Grossly Overstates Jobs Promised, Understates Number of Luxury Apartments

September 14, 2005
The MTA Accepts Low-Ball Bid From Bruce Ratner

Ratner and MTA Rip Off Taxpayers With Deal Well Below Competitor Extell's Offer and Half the MTA's Appraised Value
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Planning Lawsuits

September 1, 2005
The New York Times & Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards: High-Rises & Low Standards

Report: Newspaper Shirks Duty to Cover Development by its Own Business Partner, Ratner
Coalition Requests Response from Executive Editor, Public Editor

August 17, 2005
DDDB Reveals Secret Agreement Among Bruce Ratner, New York City and State

Besides Private Memorandum of Understanding, What Else is Bruce Ratner Hiding?

August 17, 2005
Develop Don't Destroy Attorney, Jeffrey Baker Reprimands the MTA on Atlantic Yards

Says MTA Has Set Forth on a Misbegotten Course With Its Lack of Response to Eminent Domain Issue and Bad Faith RFP Process

June 23, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court Misses Historic Moment

Develop Don’t Destroy Urges Albany to Curb Eminent Domain Abuse

March 9, 2005
Develop Don't Destroy Calls on Democratic Mayoral Candidates To Oppose Bruce Ratner's Taxpayer-Subsidized Sweetheart Deal

Open Letter Demands that Candidates Treat Brooklyn Like the West Side

March 4 , 2005
Bloomberg, Pataki Declare War on Brooklynites and Taxpayers
MoU Will be DOA Once Public Learns What a Bad Deal Ratner's Plan Is

December 6 , 2004
Develop Don't Destroy Attorneys File Brief with US Supreme Court

High Court¡s Decision Could Kill Bruce Ratner¡s Nets Arena/High-rise Proposal

November 30, 2004
Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 Host Pep Rally for Forest City Ratner
Community Members are Left Out in the Cold While FCR Supporters Get VIP Treatment Ratner

November 18 , 2004
Ratner "Community Benefits Agreement" (CBA) is DOA
And Brooklyn Community Board Chairs Helped Kill It
DDDB and Community Board Members Slam ËNew Low" in Community Participation, and CB Conflict of Interest

November 4 , 2004
Bruce Ratner's Greed Kills Lower Manhattan Deal Pace Univ. Withdraws After Developer Breaks His Promise
"What a Shock!" Says Develop Don't Destroy "Would He Do That to Brooklyn!????"

October 7 , 2004
Brooklyn Minister and ËCaring" Bruce Ratner to Pursue ËCommunity Benefits Agreement"
Ratner Trying to Divide Community Over Who Gets Crumb from His Table

August 26, 2004
DDDb Files Official Complaint with NYC Conflicts of Interest Board Demands City Planning Commissioner Dolly Williams divest interest in Ratner development plan or face legal consequences.

August 24, 2004
Leading Elected Officials, Olympic Expert Brian Hatch and DDDB Blast "Land Grab Wrapped in Olympic Rings"
DDDB unveils watchdog report exposingfatal flaws, false claims in NYC2012 bid .

August 23, 2004
Ratner Arena Victims Unveil Message to International Olympic Committee President: ²Please Don­t Destroy Our Homes".

August 16, 2004
Guess Who's Coming to Brooklyn with Bruce Ratner?
Tyco Crook Dennis Kozlowski, City Planning Insider Dolly Williams
What other dirty secrets are hidden inside Nets shadow syndicate?.

August 12, 2004
Tish James, DDDB Challenge NYC to ²Get in the Game" after NBA Stiffs Community, Approves Nets Sale to Ratner
Unveils ²Safety Nets Plan" to promote real public oversight and demand real public accountability in arena deal.

August 5, 2004
14 Organizations Join DDDB’s Call for Passage of Albany Legislation
Bill Would Require City Review of Ratner’s Nets Arena Plan
Diverse Communities United in Demanding ULURP Review for 17 High-Rise Megadevelopment.

August 3, 2004
The Unraveling of Ratner's Bogus Nets Bid, Part V
Major Investor Pullout is Latest Sign That Deceptive Developer's Support is Tanking .

August 3, 2004
Michigan State Supreme Court Rules Against Eminent Domain Abuse / Landmark Decision Is A Wake Up Call to Other States' Courts

Ruling Bolsters Argument That Bruce Ratner's Nets Arena Complex Proposal Does Not Meet The 'Public Use' Requirement for Eminent Domain.

August 2, 2004
Bruce Ratner Cries Wolf Again... Fourth Announcement of NBA Approval Is Not Followed by Vote on the Nets.
Fans and Community: "Who­s Calling the Shots Here?" DDDB: "Only Ratner­s Shadow Syndicate Knows!".

July 30, 2004
Straphangers to Provide Huge Subsidies for Bruce Ratner­s Nets Arena Complex?
New York Riders Will Get Railroaded Unless MTA Demands Top Market Price .

July 26, 2004
DDDB Questions Objectivity of Daily News­s Coverage of New Ratner Mall in Brooklyn.
Draws link between Ratner ad supplement Sunday and puff piece column the same day.

July 21, 2004
City Council Members Charles Barron and Christine Quinn Join Tish James­s Call for Nets Arena Complex Oversight
: Warn Against ²Fronting" by Developers.

July 15, 2004
Nets Fire Sale Begins: Taxpayers to be Burned Next.

July 14, 2004
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Calls for ULURP Process for Javits Expansion and West Side Stadium.
DDDB Demands ULURP Equity for Brooklyn.

July 8, 2004
City Councilmember Letitia James Urges Bloomberg and Miller to Launch Formal Economic Review of Nets Arena Development.

June 28, 2004
Independent Economic Analysis of Ratner Nets Arena Plan Shows Project Will Lose $500 Million in Public Funds. DDDB Releases Study to Debunk Ratner­s Bogus Claims and Warn Potential Investors and Taxpayers that the Project Would be a "Sucking Sinkhole"

June 19, 2004
Develop Don't Destroy Rally Draws 3,000 Community Members.
Opposition to Ratner Plan Grows, 40 Groups Join Community Coalition

June 16, 2004
Develop Don't Destroy condemns order mandating residents support Nets arena.

Untitled Document

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's
Position Statement

Who Opposes Ratner's Proposal?

Principles For Responsible Community Development On The Vanderbilt Rail Yards

Our neighors need our help...

March 4, 2006
Vigil Marks Week Since Brooklyn Family Killed In Suspicious Fire

Make checks payable to:
The Fofana Family Fund
Reference #800764350
Carver Federal Savings Bank
4 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
For more information, please call Council Member Letitia James

"Community" Benefits Agreement btwn Ratner & 8 groups (pdf)

Housing MOU btwn ACORN and Ratner (pdf)

Memorandum of Understanding signed by Ratner, New York City and State.
MOU with NY City & State
(see MTA Letter to Forest City Ratner).
Who we are

Develop–Don't Destroy Brooklyn is advocating to bring greater transparency, government accountability and community involvement to the development of the Atlantic Yards area in Brooklyn. We challenge Bruce Ratner's proposed Nets Arena and 17 Highrise development plan for the area.
What is Ratner proposing?

People in Brooklyn may want the Nets, but no one wants a secret, taxpayer- subsidized sweetheart deal forced on Brooklyn’s communities. We want a development plan that's good for Brooklyn, not simply good for Mr. Ratner and his friends.
What's wrong with Ratner's proposal?

Develop–Don’t Destroy Brooklyn leads a broad-based community coalition fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.
DDDb's list of achievements.

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