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February 26, 2007

Brooklyn Bridge + Atlantic Yards CBA = Black History Month?

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Norman Oder decodes the latest advertisement from Forest City Ratner, which offers a magnificent view of the Brooklyn Bridge, but, alas, none of the Atlantic Yards plan.

First, even though the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) partners are significantly funded by the developer, and most have no history previous to this CBA, they get credit for honoring Black History Month as well.

And what history is being made? Seemingly the signing of the CBA in June 2005--and also the Brooklyn Bridge. However, the CBA has little to do with the bridge; while the document was signed nearby (on Old Fulton Street), it applies to a very different and oversize project.
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What's Mayor Mike Bloomberg doing in that picture above? Yes, a mayoral press release claimed that he "signed" the CBA, but actually, he served as a "legally irrelevant witness," as noted by the Brooklyn Rail's Brian Carreira.

Forest City Ratner also tops the list of "Corporate Partners " for the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators' annual conference. That means that the developer paid the most money to share the spotlight with its "Community Benefits Agreement partners."

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Posted by lumi at February 26, 2007 9:24 AM