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November 14, 2011

The renaissance of Brooklyn? Credit Ratner, or the creative class?

Atlantic Yards Report

Is Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner "the man chiefly responsible for the renaissance of Brooklyn," as Brett Yormark, the relentlessly promotional CEO of the New Jersey Nets, introduced him at the 9/26/11 media event featuring Jay-Z?

Of course not. Not even ubiquitous environmental consultant AKRF tried to say that, even though it did offer a very selective history for the Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

And, a city official suggested last week, credit goes to the creative class. (I don't disagree, but I think it's more complicated.)


NoLandGrab: No, we're pretty sure it was Bruce Ratner, when he wasn't busy curing polio, putting a man on the moon and caring for poor children in India.

Posted by eric at November 14, 2011 10:35 AM