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January 19, 2009

What New Yorkers want is... infrastructure

Atlantic Yards Report

Bruce Ratner's highly subsidized Atlantic Yards megaproject was not on anyone's infrastructure wish list, published in yesterday's New York Times.

Nobody mentioned an arena--though that should hardly be a federal priority.

Nobody even mentioned affordable housing, though I'd bet that's an artifact of not quoting anyone in the housing field. Then again, if the transportation infrastructure is improved, the housing will follow.

Some commenters questioned the wish lists posted and more than one suggested New York needs something many other major cities (and not-so-major-cities like Minneapolis and Cleveland) have: a direct train route to the airport.

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NoLandGrab: These days, policy analysts or politicians don't have the balls to mention the increasingly unpopular Atlantic Yards as a candidate for federal infrastructure stimulus money, though we're sure that many of them are thinking about it.

Posted by lumi at January 19, 2009 5:12 AM