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November 15, 2005

Atlantic Yards: Through The Looking Glass

Gotham Gazette

Alice in RatnervilleCuriouser and curiouser, Professor Tom Angotti becomes the latest observer to compare the Atlantic Yards plan to Alice in Ratnerland:

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, everything appears backwards, Alice is caught up in a giant chess game of powerful players over which she has no control, and the characters she meets talk nonsense.

The planning for Atlantic Yards is all backwards. Normally, government does a plan for the area, then looks at the potential environmental impacts of the plan, decides what to do, and then either does it or puts it out to private developers to bid on. In Atlantic Yards -- and increasingly in other megaprojects throughout the city -- it is just the reverse.


Posted by lumi at November 15, 2005 7:40 AM