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April 15, 2008

West Side plans in disarray; what about AY?

Atlantic Yards Report

An article in The New York Times prompts Norman Oder to compare the Atlantic Yards fiasco to the Hudson Yards disarray:

Yesterday, in an article headlined West Side Redevelopment Plans in Disarray, the New York Times described a harsh reality that has some interesting echoes in Brooklyn:

Because of the economic downturn, logistical problems and, critics say, design flaws, the expansion of the Javits Center has died, the plan to rebuild Penn Station and the area around it is in jeopardy and there are deep questions about financing, public and private, to extend the subway or build over the railyards. ...But many urban planners, architects, community leaders and developers say the downturn may have a silver lining, providing an opportunity for the city to rethink and reconfigure sweeping proposals many of them had doubts about all along.

The article didn't mention Atlantic Yards, but there are some comparisons and contrasts worth considering.

The full article briefly examines the developer selection process, increased density around transit hubs, public costs and the Regional Plan Association's position.

Posted by lumi at April 15, 2008 5:32 AM