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January 15, 2007

Once at Cotillions, Now Reshaping the Cityscape

The NY Times
By Diane Cardwell

AmandaBurden-NYT.jpgIn a profile of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, City Hall bureau chief Diane Cardwell holds to the Times's myth that City Planning had a hand in "limiting the size" of Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan.

Since her appointment in 2002 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Ms. Burden has played a powerful behind-the-scenes role in shaping plans at ground zero, in limiting the size of the Atlantic Yards development near Downtown Brooklyn, and in helping push through the High Line project, which will transform a disused rail bed into a linear park linking the West Village to the Far West Side.


NoLandGrab: The truth is that Ratner increased the size of Atlantic Yards on the drawing board and offered the City a couple of scaleback options in January, 2006. This was discovered by Atlantic Yards Report, via Freedom of Information request (click here and scroll down for more info). In September, 2006 the City announced a scaledown that brought the project back to nearly the original size.

The Times has not only been loathe to admit its role in creating the myth in a front-page exclusive last September, but now a reporter who not only ought to know better but also shared a byline in that article is continuing to create the false impression that the city saved Brooklyn from Ratner's excesses.

Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report provides his analysis in today's post, "Times profile of planning chair Burden maintains AY myth, suffers curious cut."

Posted by lumi at January 15, 2007 8:03 AM