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May 25, 2006

The ATURA mystery: why doesn't it overlap with AY footprint?

atura-map.gifAtlantic Yards Report

Part of the proposed Atlantic Yards footprint sits within the Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area (ATURA), and part does not. (ATURA is in red, the footprint is in blue, and the overlap is both.) But if the southern blocks of the footprint, between Pacific and Dean streets, were important for the city's redevelopment plans, why did the city never add them to ATURA? The failure to do so, said Allison Dean, a Hunter College graduate student in urban planning, suggests "striking asymmetries" between city redevelopment/land use policies and Forest City Ratner's project.

Dean also reports that, "A former staffer for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which supports the Atlantic Yards project, told her that 'everyone is very skittish' about the plan."

NoLandGrab: Could the skittishness possibly be a result of these "striking asymmetries?"


Posted by lumi at May 25, 2006 8:08 AM