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February 12, 2012

A visit to Ridge Hill: an upscale mall still very much in progress, and "New Urbanist" condos that aren't

Atlantic Yards

It's time for a field trip to Westchester to take a look at the Ridge Hill development. It sounds a lot like the usual Forest City Ratner enterprise: lots of forward-thinking hype with lots of the same-old development.

So, what's “Westchester’s Ridge Hill", the Forest City Ratner project that's the subject of a corruption trial beginning February 14, really like?

Well, it opened in October, and it's hardly finished, so any observations are preliminary. Still, during a visit to the retail and residential development two Fridays ago, shortly before lunch hour, it was very quiet.

No, we didn't hit the magnet of Whole Foods and, as the signage pictured at left shows, there's room for more stores. But in most places there were more construction workers than shoppers, rendering the omnipresent muzak a bit odd.

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Posted by steve at February 12, 2012 5:04 PM