In review, Vitullo-Martin says Encyclopedia of New York City entry on Atlantic Yards is "almost laughable"
The seemingly neutral, non-judgmental tone combined with the persistent use of the passive voice can become grating, even counter-productive. To write, for example, that the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn “encountered opposition from neighborhood residents concerned about potential crowds and traffic” is almost laughable. It’s rather like saying General Custer encountered a few Indians. In this instance, the courts have consistently ruled that the deeply subsidized project can go forward, but whether or not the project will ever get built is far from clear. My own guess is that the Indians — subdued by the courts though they have been — will triumph in the end.I don't think the Indians will triumph in the sense of blocking the arena, though it's possible a judge may require additional findings regarding the impact the associated development.