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August 1, 2006

ACORN's Lewis, MAS's Barwick debate AY plan in City Limits

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder's analysis of City Limits's Atlantic Yards op-ed:

City Limits Weekly, the urban affairs publication with a strong grassroots following, yesterday ran two long but still not comprehensive pro and con articles regarding the Atlantic Yards project, featuring Bertha Lewis, executive director of New York ACORN, and Kent Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society (MAS).

Lewis mostly reiterates arguments for the importance of affordable housing and pragmatism toward the AY plan, and Barwick mostly repeats the MAS's critique of the project's design principles.

However, Lewis adds that the rental units would be randomly distributed on each floor, an unusual and forward-looking aspect of the development. Barwick adds some new advocacy regarding affordable housing, suggesting that all new high-density development in New York include some affordable housing. It may help nudge the debate a bit.

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Posted by lumi at August 1, 2006 8:28 AM