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September 6, 2006

In Atlantic Yards dance, return to first position?

Metro NY
By Amy Zimmer

Though Forest City Ratner has not released any changes, the New York Times reported yesterday the plan will shrink by 6 to 8 percent. This, however, doesn’t appeal to some urban planners concerned with the overall design and other issues.

“Having something to give up is not a highly unusual tactic, and in this case, it doesn’t address the issues,” said Kent Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society. “It’s modeled on projects that have proven not to work, with its private but seemingly public space, like a campus.”

Metro sums up Atlantic Yards's long life of expansion and shrinkage:

Its original 2003 size was an estimated 8 million square feet. Two years later it swelled to 9.132 million square feet. In March, Ratner announced a five percent, or 475,000 square feet, reduction. This latest 500,000 to 700,000 shrinkage would bring the size back roughly to the original proposal.

The Regional Planning Association has some criticisms, but takes a more hopeful view:

Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the Regional Plan Association, called these changes “clever,” adding they have not addressed concerns about the public space, especially in its eastern portion, which will contain the bulk of the apartments and open space.
“We’re basically talking about what the future of Brooklyn will look like,” Soffin said. “If this were the beginning of the beginning and end of the changes, I would be concerned, but our hope is this is the beginning.”


Posted by lumi at September 6, 2006 8:39 AM