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April 11, 2012

One of these things is not like the other...

At last night's joint Community Board 2 and 6 hearing on the Barclays Center liquor-license application, arena Director of Security David Anderson and Dean Street resident and activist Peter Krashes had the following exchange, according to Atlantic Yards Report:

Peter Krashes of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and the Dean Street Block Association, observed, "You all get the idea that you're going to be operating the arena in a relatively unique situation... Our neighborhood is going to be integrated into the operational plans of the arena. We have bedrooms facing the street. We have kids who have to go to school the next day and are going to have an arena event happening on a Thursday night... You guys have a special obligation."

(At [right] is Krashes on residential Dean Street, the straightest path between the arena and the planned interim surface parking lot.)

He asked Margolin and David Anderson, director of security, for examples in other cities where they have made it work. Secondly, he asked, how does the community keep them accountable, given that, in his opinion, "we've had a lot of problems with accountability leading up to this point... you can say you're going to sell two drinks per ID, but... If people walk down the street, yelling and shouting on Dean Street, how do we hold you two accountable?"

Anderson responded, "The experience I've had as far as dealing with an arena in a neighborhood, I've had a few, one was United Center in Chicago, which was just on the West Side of Chicago. We had the same situation, there's a similar situation, and when I came on board here, I understood everything that you guys were going through here....

Apparently not. Here's the "same situation" in Chicago, via Google Earth:

Maybe he means the "same situation" once Bruce Ratner finishes transforming Prospect Heights.

Top photo: Norman Oder

Posted by eric at April 11, 2012 1:53 PM