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April 14, 2007

Robert Moses, transportation, and the question of Atlantic Yards

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Norman Oder covers a forum about the Robert Moses legacy held last Wednesday at the Museum of the City of New York. A pamphlet provided to forum attendees by Theodore Kheel, President and CEO of Nurture New York’s Nature, describes a key element missing in Moses' planning: support for public transportation.

The moderator, Robert Yaro of the Regional Plan Association, and panelists "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz, Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign and Lee Sander, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, all have some connection to Atlantic Yards, and Oder wonders:

But what would Robert Moses think of the Atlantic Yards plan? Nobody got to ask that question., but it would've been interesting to hear the answer.

After all, Schwartz was hired by developer Forest City Ratner to develop the Atlantic Yards transportation plan, though his web site curiously does not mention Atlantic Yards in the list of projects.

Russianoff’s group has joined the lawsuit against the environmental impact statement, an implicit attack on Schwartz's transportation plan, and he has warned that the project’s density “would bring more havoc to drivers and transit riders.”

Yaro's RPA, for example, has offered conditional support for Atlantic Yards while warning that comprehensive changes, including congestion pricing, were necessary to make the transportation plan work.

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Posted by steve at April 14, 2007 7:03 AM