Friday, December 22, 2006

Why can't the Times say AY might take 15-20 years?

A Times article today, headlined Atlantic Yards Enters New Phase, and Faces Next Hurdle: Lawsuits, begins:
If all goes according to plan, work will begin within weeks on the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project near Downtown Brooklyn, which won final approval from a state oversight board on Wednesday after three years of furious debate.
But large development projects rarely go according to plan — even when they do not face multiple lawsuits, which the project, one of the biggest in the city’s history, already does. And months or years may pass before anyone will be able to divine the precise gap between the plan for Atlantic Yards and the reality of it.


While lawsuits and other impediments could slow the plan, the article repeats the official claim that the project is scheduled to be finished in ten years, by 2016.

Unmentioned, however, is that even supporters and cordial critics doubt the announced project timetable. Earlier this month, Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for NYC predicted that it would take 15 to 20 years. Kent Barwick of the Municipal Art Society spoke similarly on Monday.

Why shouldn't Times readers know this?

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