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August 16, 2007

For Columbia expansion in W. Harlem, a tougher road harvesting community support

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder, who made it to last night's Manhattan Community Board 9 land-use committee hearing on the Columbia University expansion plan, draws some comparisons with Atlantic Yards. Though he admits that he can't cover the topic in his usual mad-overkilling style, he has a pretty damn good synopsis of the plan and the most controversial issues:

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There are some curious contrasts and commonalities between Columbia University’s proposed expansion and Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan, and they became clearer last night at a raucous public hearing held by Manhattan Community Board 9 regarding a rezoning for Columbia’s project, which would mainly occupy an area bounded by Broadway and Riverside Drive between 129th Street and 133rd Street. (Photos by Jonathan Barkey)

I only spent an hour at the hearing, so, just as I’ve criticized the press for missing aspects of the Atlantic Yards story, I’ll admit I can’t yet do the Columbia controversy justice. I’m still reading about it all.

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NoLandGrab: Seeing how we were locked out of the hearing for an hour and a half, Norman witnessed nearly everything we missed, including David Dinkins getting booed by his base when he introduced Columbia President Lee Bollinger.

Posted by lumi at August 16, 2007 10:04 AM