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October 27, 2006

Some credulousness, some skepticism: two AY stories in the Times

Atlantic Yards Report

A tale of two articles — Norman Oder compares recent articles from The New York Times:

First up, the 9/5/06 page-one story about Forest City's announcement that the project was scaled back. There was no mention that the the "scaleback" returned the project to approximately the original size that was announced in 2003.

Today's story about Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's eminent domain lawsuit ran on page B4. The Times calls the suit a "legal maneuver," even though this suit might end up being an important property-rights case on the national stage. [The case seeks to challenge the Atlantic Yards project on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and has crossed the line set forth by the US Supreme Court in last year's Kelo decision.]


NoLandGrab: What Norman Oder is too polite to say is that it sure seems like the Times has a thing for Forest City Ratner, or is allergic to news about eminent domain law suits. [Back in 2002 the Empire State Development Corporation seized private property via eminent domain for the Times Tower project, developed by Forest City Ratner and the NY Times Corp.]

Posted by lumi at October 27, 2006 11:28 AM