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April 15, 2006

Deluxe Apartments In the Sky

Fort Greene Courier
By Stephen Witt

In an article about the groundbreaking for "the first ground-up residential high-rise project... following the approval of the Downtown Brooklyn plan in 2004," Marty Markowitz takes a shot at Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and other critics of the Atlantic Yards proposal, "claiming that their activism smacks of NIMBYism."

In a curious bit of editorializing, reporter Stephen Witt echo's Markowitz's plaint:

Curiously absent and silent from the groundbreaking ceremonies were City Councilmember Letitia James and the grassroots organization Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB).

DDDB spokesperson Daniel Goldstein countered his organization didn’t exist when the Downtown Brooklyn plan was passed, but many of its members and opponents of the Atlantic Yards project did protest about it at the time.


NoLandGrab: Where does Marty think many of the Atlantic Yards critics come from, anyway?

It is curious that Stephen Witt didn't notice that many of the same critics who attended the hearings for the Downtown Brooklyn Plan have joined the chorus against the Atlantic Yards project. Perhaps he didn't bother covering the hearings (or maybe he wasn't reporting in Brooklyn at the time).

Politicians and neighbors who claim Atlantic Yards critics are a bunch of NIMBYists unconcerned by the inevitable increase in density and traffic in Downtown Brooklyn have been asleep for the past few years. But be sure to thank them for noticing that there seems to be a problem with the impacts of overdevelopment in Brooklyn.

What's worse is that Atlantic Yards will be ADDING to density, traffic and burden upon city services without going through local review and approval like the Downtown Brooklyn plan did.

Posted by lumi at April 15, 2006 8:13 AM