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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


“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



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