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Atlantic Yards Tidbits: "Culture of Intertia" and More Density Than Battery Park City

May 26th, 2006 · 2 Comments

In case you haven’t ruminated upon Atlantic Yards in the last 24 hours, here are a couple of tidbits to keep you busy while you stare at traffic on the LIE or gaze at the water from the boardwalk in Coney Island:

Item One: Sen. Charles Schumer, according to the Brooklyn Downtown Star, says that opponents of Atlantic Yards and other developments are part of “the culture of inertia” and a “small group of self-appointed people.” Casting the debate in terms of growth versus no growth, the Senator says, “If we do not grow, we will die.”

Item Two: Norman Oder, Bruce Ratner’s bête noire, reported in today’s Atlantic Yards Development Report that the project will include “more than twice as many apartments per acre than Stuvesant Town and Battery Park City, and thus a much more dense population–one that would surpass the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side.” It makes quite the interesting read.

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  • 1 Anonymous // May 27, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Way to go Chuckles, dumb the debate down to growth or no growth. You can always count on a pol to make the conversation enlightening no matter the party. /snark

  • 2 Anonymous // May 27, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    oh, and by “die” does he mean more gains in real estate prices, like we have seen pretty much everywhere in NYC the past decade? You really have to wonder what the hell he is talking about?

    It’s just like the Mayor said the other day, with out Eminent Domain NYC would be back where it was at the turn of the last century….uh, which was pretty much booming with growth.