July 24, 2006
Atlantic Yards Review (1 Letter)
The NY Times
To the Editor:
“Crowd Gathers to Protest Size of Atlantic Yards Plan” (news article, July 17) reports that the project “has undergone extensive public review, and more is assured once the developer releases an environment impact statement.”
The fact is that state-regulated projects developed in association with the Empire State Development Corporation provide for no serious opportunities for citizens to become engaged in planning for their neighborhoods. A brief chance to submit comments is hardly the extensive public review that the community should be entitled to.
With increasing regularity, the development corporation sidesteps the city’s land-use review procedures, state legislators, City Council oversight, local community boards and the voices of those most affected by new development: neighborhood residents.
President, Municipal Art Society
New York, July 18, 2006
NoLandGrab: The point Barwick makes about lack of public input is in addition to these five principles that the Municipal Art Society has suggested to make the project work better for Brooklyn:
- the project should respect the character of the existing neighborhoods,
- public streets should not be eliminated,
- a real public park should be created,
- the project should promote lively streets, and
- the surrounding neighborhoods should not be left frozen by traffic gridlock.
Posted by lumi at July 24, 2006 1:58 PM