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February 7, 2007

Planner Garvin: UDC (ESDC) has "truly amazing powers"

genericsuperhero.gifRequired reading from Atlantic Yards Report examines eminent domain and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).

Here's NYC planning insider Alexander Garvin's take on the ESDC (formerly known as the UDC) from his book, The American City : What Works, What Doesn't (emphasis added):

He describes (p. 357) the late-1960s genesis of the Roosevelt Island development:

There were no acquisition problems because the site was owned by the city of New York and no political problems because its developer, the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC), was a superagency with truly amazing powers.

The AYR article has more relevant quotes from the book, if you don't have truly amazing reading powers like "The Mad Overkiller" and his alter ego Norman Oder.

Posted by lumi at February 7, 2007 7:55 AM