Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The initial Atlantic Yards rhetoric was all about dreams

A second look at that first Atlantic Yards flyer (Live. Work. Play…), sent to Brooklynites in May 2004, turns up some remarkably echoey rhetoric.

"It's more than just basketball. It's a dream, it's jobs and it's housing," said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

"This is something that has been the dream of so many people in this great borough for decades, that major league sports would come back to a major league town," declared Gov. George Pataki.

"This is a dream come true for Brooklyn," asserted Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Little did they know.

Maybe the overstated headline--"What Brooklyn Leaders are saying about Atlantic Yards"--should've been a hint.

Only one of the four was a Brooklyn leader, and only two of the four are Brooklyn residents.

And their Atlantic Yards claims, as of now, are more fantasy than reality.

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