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April 13, 2008

The end of the Times's City section editorial and op-ed page

Atlantic Yards Report is happy that at least one media outlet (the New York Sun) finally noticed that the New York Times editorial and op-ed pages of its Sunday city section are gone. What are the implications for Atlantic Yards Coverage?

I was critical of the Times for relegating the first Atlantic Yards op-ed (and the only one before two state bodies voted on the project) to the City section.

And I was critical of the Times for running editorials about AY in the City section, noting:
I'll repeat for the record that limiting the editorial's audience to readers in the five boroughs is a disservice to the public. Not only would state subsidies be part of the public support, the project would have an impact in the tristate region and also nationally. It deserves broader scrutiny.

My comments assumed the presence of the City section. However, the net loss in space for editorials and commentary means that it's even harder to shoehorn in coverage of issues like Atlantic Yards.

I'll repeat Brooklyn College professor Paul Moses's observation about Brooklyn's place in the local mediascape: Nowhere in the country do so many people get so little local coverage.

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Posted by amy at April 13, 2008 9:42 AM