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June 25, 2008

Atlantic Yards: 20 Court Decisions v. 20-ish Lies

Bruce Ratner Pants on Fire

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

DDDB has had enough of Forest City Ratner's false claim of being 20-0 in Atlantic Yards court decisions, and in return, they've compiled a list of 20+ prevarications promulgated by the developer.

Without lying, we now list for you 20 Atlantic Yards lies from the Forest City Ratner team and Bruce Ratner—there are plenty more but we are striving for symmetry (we failed). In no particular order:

  1. There will be 50% affordable housing in Atlantic Yards. (LIE, do the math: 6,430 units, 2,250 so-called "affordable")
  2. There will be a public open space on the arena roof. (LIE)
  3. There will be a private green roof on the arena. (LIE)
  4. Ratner spokesman Loren Reigelhaupt: “When it comes to sharing information with the public and governmental bodies, there’s no such thing as too much, as far as we are concerned." (LIE)
  5. Atlantic Yards will take 10 years to build. (LIE)
  6. Atlantic Yards went through a rigourous public process. (LIE)
  7. Atlantic Yards will create 15,000 construction jobs. (LIE)
  8. Atlantic Yards will create 10,000 permanent jobs. (LIE)
  9. "The $6 Billion Lie." (LIE)
  10. "Arena development to begin at the end of 2004, with completion set for summer of 2006." (LIE, see page 5)
  11. Arena will open in 2008. (LIE, see page 14)
  12. Arena will open in 2009. (LIE)
  13. Arena will open in 2010. (LIE)

More Lies

Posted by eric at June 25, 2008 9:41 AM