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October 25, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions about the BrooklynSpeaks Governance Proposal

Brooklyn Speaks explains the who, what, when, where, why, to whom, on which and whatever about the coalition's governance proposal.

Fifteen frequently asked questions (actually, #6 is technically two questions, but the first is rhetorical) :

  1. Is this proposal an attempt to stop or slow down the Atlantic Yards project?
  2. Would implementing this proposal transfer control of the project to the community?
  3. If the entities that are controlling the project aren’t changing, why does this proposal matter?
  4. Is there any precedent for this?
  5. Haven’t Brooklyn Bridge Development Corporation and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation been criticized for the way they have conducted their responsibilities?
  6. Isn’t Atlantic Yards a privately-led development? Why should it be necessary for it to have a government-run oversight entity?
  7. Would the project oversight entity be an ESDC subsidiary?
  8. Why does the community need a structure to provide input to the decision-makers? Can’t the community visit with ESDC at any time to give their input?
  9. The ESDC plans to hire an Atlantic Yards “ombudsman”. Will this address some of the perceived deficiences in the governance of the project?
  10. Haven’t all the decisions about the project been made?
  11. Would the Stakeholder Council be made up of those who previously supported or opposed the project?
  12. Why does it matter whether the City participates in Atlantic Yards through a governance structure or “behind the scenes”?
  13. What if the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against the Atlantic Yards project are successful?
  14. Who supports the governance proposal put forward by the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors?
  15. How could the governance proposal be implemented?

The frequent answers can be found on the FAQ page of BrooklynSpeaks.net

Norman Oder offers some excerpts and additional comments on Atlantic Yards Report.

Posted by lumi at October 25, 2007 9:34 AM