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April 17, 2008

Time for a Times Editorial on Atlantic Yards

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) lays out the case for a very belated Section-A editorial on Atlantic Yards:

The paper editorialized on the project three times, always in the "City" section....

Looking at what has occurred just in the past month, the past 21 months surely must have changed opinionmakers' minds, particularly on the concerns expressed in the three previous editorials, and the information in the two pieces in the paper's own pages on March 21.

Click here to read the incredible litany of revelations from merely the past 27 days.

Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report agrees with DDDB, but notes that the paper has also been leaving some important news reporting on the cutting-room floor.

However, given that several of the stories cited (by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn) --including the desire for more public subsidies, criticism from a City Council Member, and an attempt to assess the public cost and subsidies--haven't appeared in the Times at all, I'd suggest that more reporting is the first order of business.

Also, how about reporting on the long leash the developer has to build the project, according to the State Funding Agreement? How about a rigorous attempt to assess the public costs and subsidies for the project, taking off from the New York Post article that got a lot of tongues wagging?

Posted by lumi at April 17, 2008 4:59 AM