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June 26, 2006

Crain's poll on Atlantic Yards project misses the point

Atlantic Yards Report

On the heels of Crain's New York Business editor Greg David's misinformed column supporting the Atlantic Yards project, Crain's now offers a stilted poll canvassing readers' opinions: Developer Bruce Ratner's plan for the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn calls for less commercial space than he had originally envisioned, along with 6,800 residential units--nearly a third of which would be affordable housing.

THE POLL QUESTION: Do you agree with the Atlantic Yards plan?

Yes, the housing market is already tight, and the city needs more affordable units

No, the huge development would destroy the borough's character

Given that the developer traded office space for more lucrative luxury condos in May 2005, the question is a little late--and it treats "the Atlantic Yards" as a place rather than a project. More importantly, it ignores the fact that the developer originally promised 50 percent affordable housing, but violated the spirit--if not the letter--of the affordable housing agreement by adding the condos.

It treats the scale and density of the project as a matter of opinion, rather than something that could be assessed by (or at least in relation to) zoning, or evaluated in comparison to other projects.

article and Norman Oder's alternative questions
The Poll

Posted by amy at June 26, 2006 10:53 PM