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September 25, 2006

Eh, what's that you say? BrooklynSpeak up.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn has released a statement on its web site welcoming BrooklynSpeaks to the conversation, but asking them to be clearer on their position on two important and potentially divisive issues: eminent domain and the arena.

From DDDB.net:

We call for the BrooklynSpeaks group to be forthright and clear on their position on eminent domain and the arena, and so that individuals who sign onto their “principles” understand that by doing so, they are explicitly endorsing the arena and implicitly endorsing use of eminent domain.

From a page three levels deep on BrooklynSpeaks.net:

While demapping Pacific Street between Flatbush and Sixth Avenues would be necessary to build the Arena, the other demappings are an urban planning choice that would create "superblocks." The sponsors of BrooklynSpeaks therefore believe that the project should: Keep Fifth Ave and Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues open.

NoLandGrab: To set the record straight, the planned arena block would also be a "superblock."

BrooklynSpeaks's position rests precariously upon this one paragraph on a discreet page on their web site.

By supporting the demapping of Pacific St. between Flatbush and 6th Ave, Brooklyn Speaks supports the arena, which necessitates the use of eminent domain. Therefore, the group has taken a weaker position than many other neighborhood groups on two bugaboos of the Atlantic Yards controversy.

Posted by lumi at September 25, 2006 3:45 PM