December 1, 2006
Security in a Box
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) explains why the coalition has been deeply concerned about the issue of terrorism and security for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project:
Because the proposal calls for a glass-walled arena (with 250 regularly scheduled events drawing crowds of up to 20,000), surrounded by glass-walled high-rise towers, over the 3rd largest transportation hub in the city, right at one of the busiest and most gridlocked intersections in Brooklyn, at a location targeted for a terrorist attack in 1997.
This week, Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report attended a forum about the terrorism and security challenges inherent in projects involving large amounts of public space. Oder explains in an article how no one could take his question about Atlantic Yards, since one panelist was under contract to Ratner and another was a City (not State) official.
So, we only have a Ratner consultant looking at security, in a box, from the developer's point of view; we have the city passing the buck to the state; and we have the state mum on the issue.
Posted by lumi at December 1, 2006 4:51 PM