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August 29, 2006

The murmurings of a scaleback, but not of a 50% goal

Atlantic Yards Report "Oderizes" today's NY Sun article.

Everyone expected the Atlantic Yards plan to be reduced somewhat as part of the endgame as state approval approached, and that discussion has now reached the press. A New York Sun article today headlined Pressure Mounts to Curb the Size of Atlantic Yards states: State officials have discussed with the developer, Forest City Ratner, a reduction in the size of the project, a source said.

The Sun writes that "opponents contend" that the project was upsized before it was downsized, leading Oder to comment:

Opponents contend? The press shouldn't have to attribute factual information to a partisan side. It makes it sound like proponents and neutrals would disagree about baseline data.

Oder, who has been on the forefront of the density debate, reiterates his opinion that a project half the size of the current proposal would have made a good starting point for discussion with city planners and the community.

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Posted by lumi at August 29, 2006 9:25 AM