Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Though AY was supposed to remove blight, it's now created blight in Prospect Heights

The point of the Atlantic Yards project was to remove blight, despite the very dubious designation,

Now, the Daily News reports, there's a strong indication of developer blight (though the newspaper doesn't make the connection to the blight removal justification):
With construction at the controversial Atlantic Yards site on hold, angry Prospect Heights residents fear their neighborhood could remain a wasteland for years to come.

A scourge of rodents, safety concerns and road closures have all cast a shadow since developer Forest City Ratner razed 28 buildings in the neighborhood in a now-stalled bid to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena nearby.

“It’s creepy to walk around at night,” said Martina Fugazzotto, 26, who lives on Dean St. and Vanderbilt Ave., near where about six buildings have been knocked down in the last four years.

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