Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Catching up on some media mentions: FCR's stonewall, NYT's correction, Stern's (mis)information, and more

Time to catch up on some media mentions.

1) Globe Street, in an article headlined ESDC Stands by Atlantic Yards, asks a few questions, but doesn't get answers:
Regardless, beyond a widely reported statement expressing Forest City Ratner Cos. CEO chair Bruce Ratner’s "thrilled" reaction to the court dismissal, when asked about the very timely issues of financing and star architects, an FCRC spokeswoman tells GlobeSt.com the company has "no other comment" at this time.

...In response to GlobeSt.com’s question as to whether FCRC would use the original Frank Gehry design for the arena or perhaps another architect altogether, ESDC says GlobeSt.com that was a question best answered by FCRC. Told that FCRC had not provided an answer, the ESDC spokeswoman says "regardless of Gehry’s involvement, ESDC’s design guidelines must be met."


2) In the May issue of a magazine called Selling Power (thanks to NetsDaily), there's a profile of New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark, headlined Slam Dunk Sales. It contains this line:
The $950 million, Frank Gehry-designed Barclays Center in Brooklyn is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2010 season.

No, it's not $950 million, it's not necessarily designed by Gehry, and it certainly won't be completed by 2010.

3) DDDB suggests that the New York Times's error, corrected yesterday, in reporting that the eminent domain case was dismissed upon appeal, was a teaching moment, because it alerted people to an eminent domain system stacked in favor of the government. OK, but I think it also was some pretty sloppy journalism.

4) NBA Commissioner David Stern says Newark Mayor Cory Booker is "misinformed" about a potential sale of the Nets. Maybe, but NLG points out:
Stern should hope that he hasn't been "misinformed" about the likelihood of a summer groundbreaking.

5) Scott Turner of Fans for Fair Play lays into the New York Daily News for its editorial about "losing LeBron."

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