October 24, 2005
A neighborhood grows in Brooklyn
This Daily News editorial screed rachets up the rhetoric, condemning Brooklynites who expressed their concerns at last week's hearings, calling them NIMBY-ites. Cheering the slow steady mark of progress, board cites the "innovative" "community" benefits agreement as a reason for their support.
Thank goodness for responsible leaders, including Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who aren't letting the NIMBY-ites slow the progress on Atlantic Yards.
Despite the predictable howls from anti-development complainers, the interminable delays that have hobbled other big development projects - notably Ground Zero and the West Side of Manhattan - seem blessedly absent from the Brooklyn project.
That's the best news we've heard in a while.
NoLandGrab: The mandatory hearing's purpose was to submit comments on the Scope of the Environmental Impact of the project, as was not a pep rally for or against the project as proponents and the Daily News seems to believe. Many of the groups who submitted comments and concerns have not taken a stand on the project, but all these groups are working together to make sure that concerns of the entire community, not just handpicked groups receiving finanacial support from Ratner, are addressed.
The editorial is also riddled with mistakes, such as the number of housing units, the details of the CBA and how much land Ratner controls.
Posted by lumi at October 24, 2005 10:18 AM