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August 15, 2006

East of 6th Avenue: 100 feet of (arbitrary) blight

PacificStBlight-AYR.jpgAtlantic Yards Report considers a section of the Ratner plan's footprint that is barely blighted, even by the Empire State Development Corporation's standards.

Why exactly does Forest City Ratner need a 100-foot-wide piece of land--the first five houses (right) east of Sixth Avenue on Dean Street, and counterpart property behind it on Pacific Street and Sixth Avenue, just southeast of the planned arena? According to the Empire State Development Corporation’s Blight Study, the 22-acre project area “is characterized by blighted conditions that are unlikely to be removed without public action.”

But blight is a weak argument, because those five houses, only some of which exhibit characteristics of blight, aren't much different from their neighbors, as I discuss in detail below. Rather, this rectangle of land likely has more to do with the developer's plan for staging and parking.

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Posted by lumi at August 15, 2006 10:52 AM