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December 29, 2007

"Sane extension" of Downtown Brooklyn? AY in some more context

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder takes note of two articles that look back at Brooklyn development stories of 2007. First up is the "GL's 15 Top Brooklyn Stories of 2007" story in Gowanus Lounge.

Next is an editorial in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by Henrik Krogius Getting Going (With One Loss).

The context argument is taken further in an essay headlined Getting Going (With One Loss) by Henrik Krogius of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He makes some reasonable points, but they often deserve another dash of skepticism.

Oder adds dashes of skepticism to Krogius's approach to issues such as appropriate scale for Prospect Heights, open space in Atlantic Yards, and the desire by proponents of the UNITY plan to use development to knit together communities that would otherwise be divided by Atlantic Yards.

The issue of the privately negotiated affordable housing component of Atlantic Yards is used to point out the lack of democratic process in approving this publicly subsidized development.

Krogius points out that any new construction would raise questions about gentrification, and that AY would contain 2250 subsidized rentals, "a good percentage by today’s standards."

Yes, but the affordable housing was essentially a privately-negotiated zoning bonus, and that brings us back to the fundamental issue of process, the criticisms of which have led even Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff to reconsider the city's avoidance of ULURP.

Finally, Oder disputes the classification of Atlantic Yards as sane development.

Krogius concludes: Atlantic Yards is no longer the colossus it may at first have seemed to be. It is, rather, an entirely sane extension of Brooklyn’s growing downtown.

Yes, it is no longer as much of a colussus as at first, but that doesn't necessarily make it sane.

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Posted by steve at December 29, 2007 8:34 AM