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August 3, 2006

Atlantic Yards Dust Up: ACORN's Bertha Lewis vs. MAS's Kent Barwick

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ACORN Executive Dir. Bertha Lewis and Municipal Art Society Pres. Kent Barwick go mano-a-mano in Round 1 in City Limits:

Where opponents say that Lewis' train derails is her argument for Affordable Housing Uber Alles (and the compact she signed with the developer). The Affordable Housing Uber Alles theory of shelter says that it's acceptable to toss up a bunch of 60-story buildings in a neighborhood of four-story buildings in order to get affordable housing. Opponents of the massive project, of course, don't see it that way.

Which brings us to Mr. Barwick, who argues that Atlantic Yards "fails to achieve a delicate balance." That is the way that someone from the Municipal Arts Society says that something is seriously flawed. (We could translate it as meaning that he's saying the project sucks, but then, we sometimes prefer the simple, crude approach to talking planning- and architecture-speak. That's the cool thing about blogs.)

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Posted by lumi at August 3, 2006 8:04 AM