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July 16, 2006

City on a Hill

New York Times opinion piece on Ridge Hill:

At another huge development in Brooklyn that Mr. Ratner proposes to build, an amazing 50 percent of housing units will be sold to low- and middle-income residents. It’s no coincidence that Brooklyn is home to one of the country’s noisiest and most energetic community organizations, Acorn, which Mr. Ratner took pains to make an early ally.

With enough effort, the little people can make themselves heard.

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Apparently the Times did not hear the 'little people' who attended last week's affordable housing meeting only to be disappointed.

Atlantic Yards Report catalogs the cavalcade of errors:

To summarize:
1. Most affordable units wouldn't be sold.
2. The affordable percentage would not be 50/50.
3. Many attendees were dismayed by the affordable housing information session.
4. The affordable rental units would be rather small, and would occupy a small fraction--22 percent of the total square footage--of the project space devoted to housing.

Posted by amy at July 16, 2006 5:10 AM