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May 21, 2006

The Manhattanville Project

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New York Times Magazine:

As Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his dissent in the recent Kelo case, concerning New London, Conn., an expansive definition of "public use" in the 50's and 60's permitted local governments to eliminate entire minority neighborhoods through eminent domain in the name of "urban renewal" — soon known as "Negro removal" among blacks. Not surprisingly, Columbia's talk of seizing property does not go over well in Harlem. Still, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out in strong support of eminent domain — which also figures in the developer Bruce Ratner's controversial efforts to construct a basketball stadium and condos in the Atlantic Yards area of Brooklyn. Without it, "every big city would have all construction come to a screeching halt," Bloomberg said recently.

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Atlantic Yards Report applauds the New York Times for keeping up their impressive error per sentence ratio:

First, it's an arena (indoor facility, with a floor or rink), not a stadium (usually outdoor, with a field).

Second, the plan currently would include 4500 rental units and 2360 condos.

Finally, there's no such thing as "the Atlantic Yards area."

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Posted by amy at May 21, 2006 10:30 AM