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April 6, 2006

The "urban room" evolves toward civic (?) space, and another look at "significant cuts"

Atlantic Yards Report

The Atlantic Yards "urban room," described as "a highly transparent, grand civic room containing meeting space and caf├ęs as well as ticket windows for the arena, access to the arena and other uses on the arena block, and connection to the Atlantic Terminal mass transit complex," is now being counted as "open space" in the Final Scope Environmental Impact Statement by Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation.

Norman Oder points out:

The dictionary defines "civic" as "Of, relating to, or belonging to a city, a citizen, or citizenship; municipal or civil." If some people wanted to exercise their citizenship by handing out political literature (or even literature critical of the Atlantic Yards project) inside this "grand civic room," would they be allowed to do so?

The "urban room" wasn't mentioned in the Draft Scope, and its sudden appearance in the Final Scope leaves citizens no opportunity for comment.

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NoLandGrab: This description would classify most most malls and concourses in NYC as "open space." Very clever, Bruce.

Posted by lumi at April 6, 2006 7:07 AM