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January 26, 2007

Vox Pop: Ratner’s bank job

The Brooklyn Papers does a man-on-the-street (what no women??) overview of Bruce Ratner's deal with Barclays Bank for the naming rights of the new, yet-to-be-built, not-quite-ready-for-ground-breaking-off-unless-the-courts-decide-that-Ratner's-land-grab-is-legal Nets arena.

The question: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner has sold the naming rights to his new arena for the Brooklyn Nets to a British bank with historic ties to slavery, the Holocaust and apartheid. How do you feel about that?

“I don’t like it. It seems like they’re just stealing from the community. I don’t think they should do it because, they are already taking peoples’ money from taxes. The funding is not right.” Kevin Foster

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“I’m for the stadium just as long as it creates jobs and they’re paying the right wages. But I don’t condone the idea of making a dollar off somebody’s hardships. I wouldn’t vote for Barclays. Why couldn’t Ratner pick one of our banks? The arena is in our country.” Billy Joe Walker, Far Rockaway

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Posted by lumi at January 26, 2007 9:42 AM