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November 3, 2008

Overdevelopment, zoning, and the public realm (and AY)

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder mulls over a couple recent panel discussions on development, overdevelopment, and the future sustainability of cities, and as usual, the conversation comes back to Atlantic Yards.

Interestingly enough, [Hunter College Urban Planning Professor Tom] Angotti found himself agreeing with [Real Estate Board of NY President Steven] Spinola that a lot of neighborhoods in the outer boroughs should have been upzoned, rather than downzoned, “because there was great potential for development in the outer boroughs that was not taken advantage of.”

Then he returned to the whipping boy: “Instead, we have the lunacy of concentrating development in Atlantic Yards. The third largest transit hub, yes, and they call it transit-oriented development, but there’s no improvement to transit. They're putting in a huge parking garage. So, this is not really planning.”

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Posted by eric at November 3, 2008 11:01 AM