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October 10, 2006

Atlantic Yards Report on "blight"

AtlanticAve.jpgTwo posts from Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report on "blight":

DDDB report pummels ESDC blight study

So, is the proposed Atlantic Yards site blighted? The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) says so, in a Blight Study that serves as a prelude to the exercise of eminent domain. However, many people have disputed both the colloquial and official designation, including project supporter Assemblyman Roger Green last year and Community Board 2 in its recent response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Now Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) ups the ante with a 191-page submission to the ESDC, a prelude, most likely, to some of the contentions in the community group's inevitable challenge to the state's plan to use eminent domain. (It was written mainly by two members of the steering committee, Daniel Goldstein and Patti Hagan.)

NoLandGrab: We had a sneak peek at the study. Aside from being a detailed rebuttal of the ESDC's claim that the area is so blighted that it is in need of government intervention, the DDDB Blight Response (PDF) is a fascinating account of each property in the footprint. Complete with photos, it is certainly the best "tour" you can take of the footprint from the comfort of your own home.

Gargano says there's "no question" about blight
Last week's "New York Voices" aired an interview with the Empire State Development Corporation head Charles Gargano, who rattled off his best arguments for designating the footprint of Bruce Ratner's 22-acre Atlantic Yards project as "blighted." Norman Oder takes out his red pen and makes quick work of the Chairman's claims.

Posted by lumi at October 10, 2006 7:47 AM