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June 24, 2008

The Morning Papers: SCOTUS Eminent Domain edition

The NY Times, U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Atlantic Yards Case

Mr. Ratner, whose company was a development partner in the Midtown headquarters of The New York Times Company, said in a statement, “We are gratified that the Supreme Court has decided to put an end to this lawsuit. The opponents have now lost 20 court decisions relating to Atlantic Yards, and we are now one step closer to making these benefits a reality for the borough and the city.”

NoLandGrab: The claim to have won "20 court decisions" is another one of those unquestioned lies promoted by Bruce Ratner. Shame that it made it into the NY Times. Atlantic Yards Report examines the claim in today's post.

NY Daily News, Court won't review Nets arena project

And while we're pointing out flaws in coverage, the Daily News still believes that the project is in "downtown Brooklyn:"

The Supreme Court Monday turned down the latest appeal to block construction of the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project in downtown Brooklyn.

Opponents vowed to file a new suit in state court to block what they call a shameless land grab.

NoLandGrab: If Ratner calls the Atlantic Yards footprint "Downtown Brooklyn" does that mean reporters have to do the same?

NY Post, COURT KOS YARDS FOE

The high court's inaction leaves the state with the green light to begin eminent-domain proceedings.

"We believe, and the courts have repeatedly agreed, that Atlantic Yards provides significant public benefits, including thousands of affordable homes and much-needed jobs, for Brooklyn," Ratner said yesterday.

The developer, however, is not planning to break ground until the end of the year, after a suit challenging the legality of the state's environmental review of the project is decided.'

Opponents yesterday were continuing their full-court press against Ratner, saying they'll now take the case to state court.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Atlantic Yards Case

The opponents of Atlantic Yards continue to lose each and every lawsuit and appeal that they file.
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However, shall there be a sixth lawsuit filed by the opponents of Atlantic Yards?

MetroNY (print edition only)

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amNY (AP), Property owners will still fight NYC arena plans

Posted by lumi at June 24, 2008 4:57 AM