The speakers at the rally sounded like Hillary Clinton in the waning weeks of her failed presidential campaign: angry and frustrated, stunned at the prospect of defeat when they once expected a slam dunk.
Unlike the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the controversy over the $4.2 billion proposal, which includes a Nets arena, offices and apartments, is far from over. But community opposition, legal challenges and especially the credit crisis have stalled Ratner's ambitions, and Atlantic Yards no longer feels like a done deal.
I've been suggesting for nearly two years that columnists should cover Atlantic Yards. That means actually showing up.