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December 14, 2007

"Doing it for the kids"? Sports biz reporter, after AY announcement, dissects the rhetoric

Atlantic Yards Report

On 12/12/03, the same day that Forest City Ratner CEO Bruce Ratner appeared on WNYC radio's Brian Lehrer Show, so too did Matthew Futterman, sports business writer for the Star-Ledger of Newark, who made the necessary but obvious point that the developer's rhetoric about "doing this for the kids" or "for the community" shouldn't obscure the basic drive for profits.
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MF: It was very funny. I mean, I like Bruce Ratner very much personally. He’s a very engaging person, he’s very enthusiastic, and I think he’s sincere, he has his heart in the right place, but it’s amazing how similar he sounds to the people who wanted to build the arena in Newark five years ago, in terms of, y’know, 'we’re doing this for the community, and we’re doing this for the kids, it’s important for them.'

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NoLandGrab: Futterman made a good point — after all, what DOESN'T Bruce Ratner do for the kids?

Posted by lumi at December 14, 2007 5:44 AM