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July 11, 2011

Lack of project oversight means stalled AY governance bill should come back (this summer). What's needed? Legislators pushing harder, press attention, good government groups, organized opponents, and Ken Adams on the spot.

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder lays out a blueprint for better oversight of the out-of-control Atlantic Yards project.

The plague of rats around the Atlantic Yards site, widely believed to be caused significantly by Forest City Ratner's construction work, likely can't be solved without an increased commitment from the developer.

Nor can the illegal parking problem be solved without a push to the city.

Nor can Forest City Ratner's compliance with environmental commitments be thoroughly tracked by a state agency more concerned about business than the community.

Nor can FCR be trusted to provide credible information about project oversight.

So, as I argue below, a new governance entity, however vaguely defined in pending legislation, might help tip the balance.

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Posted by eric at July 11, 2011 12:46 PM