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June 21, 2008

Thompson has his say

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Courier via YourNabe.com
Stephen Witt covers William Thompson's visit to Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.

Opposition to the Atlantic Yards project was immediately brought up by long-time community activist Ruth Goldstein, who is also on the board of Development Don’t Destroy Brooklyn – the controversial anti-Atlantic Yards organization.

Thompson responded that he originally supported the project because of the community benefits agreement between Atlantic Yards Developer Forest City Ratner and several organizations from the community.

Further, Thompson said he liked the affordable housing mix in the massive $4 billion project.

“Right now I don’t know what Atlantic Yards has become,” said Thompson. “I’m concerned that the project [as proposed] can be done and I’m taking a second look.”

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NoLandGrab: Development Don't Destroy Brooklyn would probably very much like for Thompson and other politicians to take a closer look at Atlantic Yards. Any kind of look at all is sure to turn up a wealth of information. Development Don't Destroy Brooklyn points out that Thompson's flip is part of a turning tide of opinion about Atlantic Yards, and adds this about Stephen Wittment:

On a side note, only a pro-Atlantic Yards reporter (working for Rupert Murdoch) would call Development Don't Destroy Brooklyn controversial while never modifying Forest City Ratner with anything other than "developer."

Posted by amy at June 21, 2008 10:47 AM