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February 11, 2009

It Came from the Blogosphere...

Castle Watch Daily, Taking Stock of Redevelopment Wrecks

With the immense publicity surrounding Little Pink House, which tells the story of Susette Kelo’s battle with New London, Conn., many have been surprised to learn that the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London still stands vacant and empty.
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Meanwhile, in New York, Atlantic Yards remains a concept only on paper. Not only that, but apparently it’s in need of a federal bailout. According to the New York Post, megadeveloper Bruce Ratner and local officials want stimulus funds to save the project.

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, Bailout $ for Ratner's Atlantic Yards Project?

So Ratner is lobbying to secure some bailout money to fund the Atlantic Yards project. Is that what you call a shovel ready project?

RETHINKING ATLANTIC YARDS, Signage on Dean Street

There are multiple forms of signage available to experience when walking along Dean Street in Brooklyn. With the exception of political signs protesting the Atlantic Yards project (a), most of them have been designed and placed with discretion (b); they require up close observation in order to read their messages (c).

Where, Think Big. Freak Out.

Daniel Burnham's line "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood" is probably one of the most famous quotes to come out of the field of urbanism. It's also one of the most thoroughly abused. Burnham's maxim about aiming high is used by proponents of megaprojects like Atlantic Yards (the poster child for megaprojects, you see) in defense of superblocks and devastatingly overbearing towers. In truth, Burnham did not stop where the quote does. The quote is almost always truncated, cutting off much of the great planner's intent.

Let There Be Light(house), Eyes on the Ball

A blog supporting New York Islander's owner Charles Wang's plans for his Lighthouse development, which would include a new arena for the team, doesn't think the Barclays Center is a very good fallback.

Brooklyn: I think the Atlantic Yards project is a great idea, but I just don't see it working out. Bruce Ratner's financing plan was heavily dependent on credit that it doesn't appear he can get in these uncertain economic times. In addition, there has been fierce and organized opposition that the project has had to fight every step of the way. The Lighthouse has neither of these problems, so why would you want to abandon a good bet for a pipe dream?

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Americans Do Care About Bailing Out Private Developers

Sayeth Sen. Chuck Schumer:

"And let me say this, to all of the chattering class, that so much focuses on those little, tiny, yes, "porky" amendments: the American people really don't care."

DDDB counters:

...the American people do care how the stimulus money is spent, and they do not want to see it misspent to bail out private developers, especially ones who have shown complete financial incompetence and opacity when it comes to their money pit project. It is not the purpose of the bill to bail out a private developer so he doesn't have to follow through on his commitments. It is not the purpose of the bill to fund "makework."

Posted by eric at February 11, 2009 11:24 AM