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May 11, 2009

NYT heart FCR?

Atlantic Yards Report stumbles over two more indications that The NY Times is full of it, when it comes to covering the company's business partner and Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner.

The Times's Public Editor finds a "special obligation" in covering the NYT's sibling; why not its partner?

In yesterday's column, the New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt wrote:

But when the story involves the most revered company in the industry — and it happens to be yours — I think there is a special obligation to be aggressive, which The Times has seemed loath to do.
(Emphasis added)

Norman Oder came to that exact conclusion years ago, in his white paper analyzing the business relationship between The Times and Forest City Ratner and the paper's coverage of the controversial Atlantic Yards project.

Ironically, Hoyt was talking about the paper's failure to work the beat in the coverage of negotiations between the Boston Globe (owned by the Times Corporation) and union workers.

Rats, empty lots in Allston, like Brooklyn, so what's the five year plan?

The Times overlooked the rat-infested constuction site in its own backyard to cover the one in Boston.

An article in the New York Times Saturday had a not unfamiliar ring, beginning: BOSTON — The rats are out in spades this spring in North Allston, a gritty neighborhood wedged between the Charles River and the Massachusetts Turnpike, and residents are blaming Harvard.

There's a stall in construction work for a once-ballyhooed project, and the rat infestation recalls a report April 23 in the New York Daily News, in which Dean Street residents neighboring the Atlantic Yards footprint said demolitions have led to notable quantities of rats.

Harvard's explanation is that the site is part of a 50-year plan — one resident would prefer a five-year plan to assure that the surrounding neighborhood is livable.

Oder points out that Atlantic Yards should have some sort of five-year plan, now that the timeline extends "decades," and that this would make a good point of inquiry for an eventual public hearing on the project.

Posted by lumi at May 11, 2009 4:50 AM