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December 2, 2007

If the Times covered Atlantic Yards like a political race

Atlantic Yards Report

What if the Times applied the same level of scrutiny [that they apply to political candidates] toward the claims of Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner and project backers in city and state government?

Take the developer's claim, on the Atlantic Yards web site, about jobs and revenue:
The development will produce tremendous economic growth for the borough and city, creating more than 15,000 union construction jobs plus between 1,500 and 6,400 permanent jobs, as well as generating over $5.6 billion in tax revenue for the city and state over 30 years.

The jobs are 1500 jobs a year over ten years, and the tax revenue--well, it certainly doesn't come from any official source.

Or consider this claim, also on the web site, about the Community Benefits Agreement:
In addition, over 200 community leaders and organizations have affirmed their support for the landmark agreement.

However, those entities, as the New York Observer reported, included elected officials, restaurants, and real-estate agencies.


Posted by amy at December 2, 2007 12:01 PM