Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A developer (not Ratner) described as "in full marketing mode"

There was an unusually skeptical close to an article in yesterday's New York Times headlined Council Approves West Side Apartment Towers:
Work on the new buildings may not begin until 2012, the developer said.

“It will be the capstone for the newest and most vibrant neighborhood in the city,” Mr. [Gary] Barnett said, in full marketing mode.
What about AY?

If only reporter Charles Bagli made similar observations when he covered Atlantic Yards. Consider this quote from an 11/25/09 Times article headlined Ruling Lets Atlantic Yards Seize Land:
Mr. Ratner called the court’s ruling a “light-switch” kind of decision for the long-stalled project. “I look at this as the last major hurdle; now we can proceed as we’ve wanted to for the last three years,” he said on Tuesday. “The courts have made it clear that this project represents a significant public benefit for the people of Brooklyn and the entire city.”
As I pointed out at the time, the courts had not made such a thing clear; they deferred to the Empire State Development Corporation rather than conducting any fact-finding.

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