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April 17, 2012

Ratner, whose firm once claimed "400 jobs" at the arena, now promotes "2000 workers" at the Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards Report

WINS reports that Bruce "Ratner said that 2,000 people will eventually be hired as part-time and full-time workers" at the Barclays Center arena.

Now that's possible, if a lot of people are sharing part-time jobs, but the arena has never been portrayed as offering a huge number of jobs, much less high-paying ones.

Consider how, in 2005 letters--certainly orchestrated by Ratner's firm--to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Brooklyn elected officials uniformly predicted only 400 jobs at the arena--an arena that at the time was planned to be larger.

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Even if Ratner is counting basketball jobs, and more retail than originally assumed, it's a huge leap from 400 jobs to 2000 workers, unless most of the latter hold very part-time jobs.

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Posted by steve at April 17, 2012 9:03 AM