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November 25, 2011

"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown": Atlantic Yards indifference and buying the future

Atlantic Yards Report

When I was working on the lecture I gave last August at Galapagos, I tried to come up with a line to nudge those who think Atlantic Yards is too complicated, or not worth attention because little can be done. ("Issue fatigue," as Capital New York's Tom McGeveran wrote recently.)

It wasn't original of, course, but it was resonant: "Forget it Jake, it's Atlantic Yards."

(I'd gotten the line from a friend, but a little searching sends me back to previous use by Michael D. D. White in his Noticing New York, which also cited New York Times columnist Clyde Haberman's use of the term.)

Fortunately, a good number of people won't forget.

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Posted by eric at November 25, 2011 1:12 PM