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July 25, 2006

ATURA, crime, and the Times's blight story

Atlantic Yards Report allows that The NY Times did "a reasonable job surveying the issues regarding blight at the Atlantic Yards site," but adds two things that were left out of the debate.

1)ATURA likely will be cited to justify the use of eminent domain, given the Supreme Court's ruling that such use must be preceded by a governmental planning process. But what if the planning process excluded more than one-third of the project site?

2)The crime rates in two of the individual sectors were lower than in the larger precincts. Thus, the apparent crime increase could be attributed to only one of the three sectors, 88E. And there was no evidence that the footprint itself contributed to higher crime.


Posted by lumi at July 25, 2006 8:43 AM