February 13, 2009
We must build, sez Markowitz
By Stephen Witt
[I]n his annual State of the Borough address delivered Thursday at Kingsborough Community College...
[Brooklyn Borough President Marty] Markowitz also said it’s time to get the Atlantic Yards project going, as well as two other of his pet projects – the old Loews Kings Theatre in Flatbush and the proposed Coney Island Amphitheater.
Atlantic Yards Report, Brooklyn Paper editorial generates outrage; is AY project really "shovel-ready"?
Norman Oder reported:
At his State of the Borough Address last night, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz apparently declared that Atlantic Yards was "shovel-ready," echoing the Empire State Development Corporation.
Markowitz's prepared remarks:
To ensure progress continues on creating the "city center" our borough of over 2.5 million deserves.
And let me tell you, if Brooklyn ever needed a project like Atlantic Yards--the time is now.
As the one who originally came up with the idea to make Brooklyn a "professional sports city" again --
And the one who insisted that the project include affordable housing--
I believe what's most important now -- is the thousands of union jobs it will create right when we need them most!
When it comes to ambitious, shovel-ready project, we say "Build Baby Build!"
Atlantic Yards -- Yes we can-- and yes we will.
And when Atlantic Yards is built -- it will keep on generating jobs in Downtown Brooklyn...
(Emphases in original)
Posted by lumi at February 13, 2009 4:58 AM