For six years he's fought the good fight, endured a rough economy and a whole lot of angst. Today, Bruce Ratner breaks ground on his basketball arena, office and apartment complex in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards -- a spot that's been screaming for development since Ratner was a boy.Not true.
The last time anyone eyed the yards was when the Brooklyn Dodgers tried and failed to put a stadium there. Now it's an eyesore amid prosperity. But Ratner doesn't begrudge the protesters' right to yell.Not true.
"We take it and we take it for what it is -- as part of a democracy."
This project is overwhelmingly popular with real folks around the city, despite a small and disproportionately vocal opposition. It has to do with 17,000 new construction jobs and 8,000 permanent ones -- "with benefits and everything" -- not to mention grabbing a sports franchise from Jersey, even if it is the Nets.Not true.
Despite the drama, "I would absolutely do it again," Ratner told me. "I would do it again because I think of the importance of this project to the city. We need to build civic projects in this city.Quite debatable, given that it would be a loss to the city,according to the IBO.
"Would I do it again? It's who I am."
The city needs this.