January 10, 2007
If you build it... they will come
South Oxford Street asks, "In a post-9/11 New York City, why does our government want to build a 60-story glass tower with a 20,000-seat arena, on one of the busiest intersections in Brooklyn, over parking garages & subway stations, in a densely populated area?"
Remember all the criticism that ensued when it was discovered that the NYPD were not consulted on the Freedom Tower's design? The Freedom Tower had to be redesigned to incorporate the NYPDs and Homeland Security's anti-terrorism concerns, which has caused years of construction delays. By contrast, the largest development in the history of New York City, the Atlantic Yards, with its 17+ skyscrapers, received no terrorism review. I guess Brooklyn residents are expendable in the eyes of our government officials
NoLandGrab: Technically, the flight path is supposed to be over Prospect Park, in order to avoid some of the more densely populated neighborhoods in Brooklyn. However, the planes on approach to LaGuardia often drift away from the prescribed flight path.
Also, Norman Oder reported that Ratner has conducted a security study, but it is top secret and, like many troubling aspects of the development plan, is not part of the public review process.
Posted by lumi at January 10, 2007 8:48 AM