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March 25, 2008

Comparing Coney Island

Atlantic Yards Report

The Coney contrast: no eminent domain, "constant public input"

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As Atlantic Yards has become the poster child for bad public process and inadequate urban planning, it's worth watching the city's posture toward other major development projects.

And the city is treading carefully in Coney Island, where a rezoning plan would avoid use of eminent domain, even though the major landowner in the amusement area, Thor Equities' Joe Sitt, so far has very different plans for his property and has not yet agreed to a suggested swap of city land to the west.

The standalone arena makes the Coney option look stronger

Ok, it's not on the city's radar screen, given other ambitious plans for Coney Island, but Forest City Ratner's intention to proceed with an Atlantic Yards arena and wait--perhaps for a very long while--before building office space and housing suddenly removed some major objections to the once front-burner plan to put an arena in Coney Island.

And the city's intention to press for express train service would remove another objection. That's not to say an arena is likely, but the discussion deserves a second look.

Posted by lumi at March 25, 2008 4:22 AM