Monday, March 08, 2010

"Let the evictions begin," says WCBS radio in its report on the "Downtown Brooklyn" project

It's just a 42-second radio reportAccording to the audio but it's rather broad-brush.

"Let the evictions begin, as stretches of key avenues here in Downtown Brooklyn are now closed to make way for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project," declares Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. "Somewhat surprisingly, many residents and business owners I'm talking to say, bring it on."

(There are no evictions yet, or court orders, despite reports of letters sent by the Empire State Development Corporation.)

The only person quoted is a guy who runs a bagel shop on Fifth Avenue and, while the store isn't specified, it might be A.R.E.A. Bagels & Bialys, which was originally--before protests--named for the arena.

"So you see it as a good business move, it's going to help you?" the reporter asks, in a helpful leading question.

Yes, replies the bagel guy.

One more source

The accompanying article, headlined Downtown Brooklyn Prepares for Atlantic Yards Groundbreaking, misidentifies the neighborhood and quotes one person:
The state anticipates an orderly eviction process of residences and businesses over the next several months.

It's something Brian Bradley is surprisingly okay with.

"Ya know what, I'm already being priced out of the neighborhood. So, by the end of the year, I'm probably going to have to move. So, I think it's already affected me and we'll see if rents and everything sky rocket and it can't get any higher than it is."
So why not let dubious findings of blight be used in the pursuit of eminent domain?

And while he may be "okay" with the project, he didn't exactly say bring it on.

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