September 6, 2006
Polling Atlantic Yards Report
Four out of five posts on Atlantic Yards Report recommend facts and analysis for reporters who chew on Ratner PR.
So Crain's New York Business has posted the full results of the poll it commissioned regarding Atlantic Yards.
The conclusion: when asked about the project in stunning generalities, especially deceptive ones about the Community Benefits Agreement, people approve of it. (Yes, polls are by nature general, but we should have gone beyond "jobs, housing, and hoops" by now.)
That's about it, until someone conducts a more specific poll that actually addresses issues of density, public responsibility, facts and promises about affordable housing, and the use of eminent domain.
AYR posted poll details (link to Crain's poll) with some running commentary.
I'm told that Pacific Crest Research has also been calling Brooklynites about the 57th District Assembly race, involving Atlantic Yards opponent Bill Batson, AY proponent Freddie Hamilton, and Hakeem Jeffries, who has offered a range of criticisms but has said he would choose to support the project. And, as in the brief call I received, callers are asking about Atlantic Yards.
Note that Forest City Ratner has neither confirmed nor denied a relationship with Pacific Crest.
Posted by lumi at September 6, 2006 8:10 AM