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January 14, 2009

BrooklynSpeaks to Paterson: stop street closures, halt demolition, and come clean on Atlantic Yards timetables

Atlantic Yards Report

The coalition of what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz calls "reasonable people" speaks again. Norman Oder wonders if they have "lost faith in the developer."

Complaining that the preliminary and stalled work on Atlantic Yards has created blight and disruption, the sponsors of BrooklynSpeaks, the "mend-it-don't-end-it" group of Atlantic Yards critics, have asked Governor David Paterson to intervene.

In a letter sent December 31 (and posted January 9), before the recent flap about a discounted arena, they asked that Paterson ensure that the city, state, and developer Forest City Ratner halt further street closures, halt demolition of viable vacant buildings and repurpose them, return the Carlton Avenue Bridge to service, and create interim public open space as play areas or community gardens. (Full text below)

Not all of that may be practical; the bridge seems tied to reconstruction of the Vanderbilt Yard, which is on indefinite hold, and state and city officials have not clarified the timetable.

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Posted by lumi at January 14, 2009 6:03 AM