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December 23, 2008

It Came from the Blogosphere...

Atlantic Yards Report, Was the Izod Center 81.6% full last night?

The announced attendance at the Izod Center last night, when the New Jersey Nets met the Houston Rockets, was 16,303, meaning that the arena, which has an official capacity of 19,968 (and peaked last year at 19,990), was 81.6% full.

This photograph from the first quarter shows a good number of seats full in part of the upper bowl--"there was some extra juice in the building," wrote the Record's Al Iannazzone--but many empty seats closer to the floor.

Runnin' Scared [Village Voice blog], Atlantic Yards Foes Says Nets Not Much of a Draw

Now critics are saying that the Nets, the Jersey NBA franchise whose planned removal to Atlantic Yards is supposed to be a great boon to the area, may not be drawing so well.

Unbeige, Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards Project Stalls, Frank Gehry Forced to Lay Off Entire Design Staff

Back in April, you might remember that a bevy of Brooklynites took to the streets to protest Bruce Ratner's plans to redevelop big swaths of Brooklyn with the help of Frank Gehry at the design wheel. While those efforts didn't really have much effect on the construction plans, who could have guessed that the economy would have swung the way of the protesters and done their bidding for them?

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Zero means zero

Morningstar tried to put it delicately and hedged enough to say things could change, improving the companies' fortunes, but in the end there was no polite way out: "If we think a stock is worthless, there's no point in saying otherwise," the investment research company said in a recent report.

Posted by eric at December 23, 2008 12:47 PM