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December 19, 2010

Journalism 101: false dichotomies when it comes to Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards Report

Students at Columbia Journalism School produce a web site of local coverage called City Beats. One recent BUILD-centric article, headlined Atlantic Yards project needs further review, shows a student journalist falling for a false dichotomy:

November 9th was a great day for the Brooklyn residents who want to see the Atlantic Yards project reevaluated, but it was an awful day for Lloyd Mathews.

State Supreme Court Justice Marcy S. Friedman ruled that the $4.9 billion Forest City Ratner development project, known as Atlantic Yards, needs further review. To critics of the project, it means a progress; to Mathews, the decision means his job prospects are uncertain.

...Despite the potential benefit of more jobs in Brooklyn, opponents also take issue that the Community Benefits Agreement was designed without public input.

Let's rewrite that:

...Despite the potential benefit of more jobs in Brooklyn, opponents also take issue that the Empire State Development Corporation operates with little oversight.

ad absurdiam....

...Despite the potential benefit of more jobs in Brooklyn, opponents also take issue that Prospect Park shouldn't be used for a new development.

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Posted by steve at December 19, 2010 9:45 AM