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February 23, 2010

While New York ACORN has supplied public support for Atlantic Yards, the Housing MOU points to national ACORN

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder wonders how ACORN's cosmetic makeover into "New York Communities for Change" might affect the organization's relationship with Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner.

I wrote yesterday that New York ACORN, Forest City Ratner's key partner in the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement, has been renamed New York Communities for Change.

But is FCR's formal partner the New York organization, no longer extant, or national ACORN?

The point person for the agreement was always Bertha Lewis of New York ACORN, as noted in this city press release. Also, New York ACORN (most recently located at 2-4 Nevins Street in Brooklyn) certainly has supplied people to rally for the the project.

But the Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in May 2005 simply by ACORN, as was the Community Benefits Agreement.

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More ACORN coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, The ACORN story goes national, some sunlight on the new organization, and lingering questions from ACORN foes in Congress

Well, the New York ACORN story that I broke yesterday (though the Villager had the gist earlier) turned into national news after City Hall News--which has led the investigation into the curious activities of the ACORN-affiliated Working Families Party--advanced the story.

Only Gothamist, however, noticed the Atlantic Yards angle.

Gothamist, ACORN Shuts Down, Rebrands

Posted by eric at February 23, 2010 11:03 AM