Saturday, June 09, 2007

Two years later, rechecking a Times article

Two years ago, on 6/9/05, the New York Times published a Metro front article headlined Unlike Stadium on West Side, an Arena in Brooklyn Is Still a Go. It's worth a second look.

A geographic conundrum:
In announcing the plan, Mr. Ratner described a $2.5 billion project designed by Frank Gehry atop the Atlantic Terminal railway hub.

A stunning understatement:
Others noted important differences between the West Side stadium and the Brooklyn arena. For example, the Brooklyn arena would require a $200 million public investment as opposed to the $600 million investment the West Side plan was calling for.

A Markowitzian generalization:
Brooklyn, still smarting from the loss of the Dodgers nearly 50 years ago, is generally more welcoming to projects that could help put it on the national map.

A description that begs elaboration:
They also hired Joe DePlasco of Dan Klores Communications, a former top aide to Mark Green, to handle public relations.

For more, see the outraged critique from Scott Turner of Fans for Fair Play, which hangs together more than not, though he was way off on office space.

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