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June 5, 2007

Atlantic Yards and the Sustainability Test?

Gotham Gazette
By Tom Angotti

Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a bold plan for the future of NYC with some progressive ideas, only Atlantic Yards isn't part of it:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s long-term sustainability plan, (PlaNYC2030), is aimed at stemming global warming and promoting energy efficiency by concentrating new construction near transit hubs and using green building technology. At the same time, the mayor proposes to reduce traffic in densely developed areas with congestion pricing, to encourage bicycling, and to build new public open spaces in every neighborhood.

Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn claims to do all of these things – along with providing thousands of new apartments and jobs and bringing a major league sports team, the NBA Nets, to Brooklyn. Yet curiously the mayor’s voluminous 2030 plan includes no mention of the megaproject, Brooklyn’s largest-ever. And in many respects, Atlantic Yards, which was driven by the developer and backed by the state with minimal city involvement, would actually undermine green development and be unsustainable in the long run.

Professor Angotti balances the pros and cons of Atlantic Yards based upon the goals of the Mayor's plan and serves up a reality check for New Yorkers.

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Posted by lumi at June 5, 2007 9:29 AM