Thursday, January 20, 2011

Daily Eagle columnist: "Reaction against innovative planning has marked the new millennium on matters like Atlantic Yards"

From Henrik Krogius in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Review and Comment: Idea for Gowanus?:
We live in a changing Brooklyn that tries to cling to its (not always so sweet) past, in a time when the speed of technological change has unsettled many people. Reaction against innovative planning has marked the new millennium on matters like Atlantic Yards and the financing and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and yet individual towers not part of any considered community framework have sprouted willy-nilly.
He's right that individual towers have sprouted thanks to the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning, but the lack of response--and anticipation--is at least partly because the rezoning was supposed to bring mainly office towers, not residential ones.

But Atlantic Yards as "innovative planning"?

Audacious design, maybe.

The planning was non-existent; the project was imposed from on high, with the state overriding local land use review.

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