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January 7, 2010

Bklyn’s in the house: De Blasio takes new Advocate position by storm

Courier-Life Publications
By Thomas Tracy

Bruce Ratner's "Atlantic Yards" project still represents the cognitive dissonance in Bill de Blasio's efforts to advocate for the community:

“Community planning is something I have spent a lot of time working on,” he said. “It’s how we think about our neighborhoods that ensures how we preserve what’s best about them. Bringing in affordable housing and preserving and protecting small business is a very large part of that.”

Yet some of de Blasio’s friends from the old neighborhood may not be applauding his moxie for long, especially since he sees the Atlantic Yards project as an example of a good government/community partnership.

“[The Atlantic Yards project] is a good example of a community benefits plan, that’s why I supported it,” he said. “The process, however, has been horrendous. It needs to be scaled down and some serious changes have to be made.”


NoLandGrab: Developers can rest assured that de Blasio has never really paid more than lip service to the issues involved in the massive redevelopment of our neighborhoods.

Posted by lumi at January 7, 2010 4:57 AM