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November 17, 2009

How to prioritize megaprojects? Avoid state intervention on behalf of local sports facilities

Atlantic Yards Report

At a panel on megaprojects November 7, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer suggested a need to prioritize, given that not all projects could go forward. And he also pointed out that many projects have regional importance.

No one tried to prioritize, but I found some guidance--implicitly critical of Atlantic Yards--in the 2003 book Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment, authored by Alan Altshuler and David Luberoff.

In a nutshell: the use of a state zoning override, the bypassing of any effective input from any legislative body and the fact that the stated goals of Atlantic Yards could have been achieved by other, simpler means, would probably lead analysts to conclude that Bruce Ratner's megaproject doesn't belong on the priority list of regional projects.

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Posted by lumi at November 17, 2009 6:00 AM