Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Civilians turned ULURP into a song. Now ProPublica tunes up redistricting and hyrdrofracking.

So, remember when The Civilians, for their musical play In the Footprint: The Battle over Atlantic Yards, produced a song about ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) to help explain the difference between city and state oversight?

They were ahead of their time. (So much for the Brooklyn Paper's scorn.)

Turns out that Pro Publica, the nonprofit public interest journalism organization, has begun to produce catchy song videos to help audiences ease into complicated topics like redistricting and hydrofracking. Examples below.





From the Civilians

I couldn't find a video of that ULURP song, but, especially given recent discussions of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), it's worth watching an excerpt from the show.

It features the words of CBA signatory James Caldwell of BUILD (Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development), Atlantic Yards opponent Patti Hagan of the Prospect Heights Action Coalition, and CBA signatory Bertha Lewis of ACORN.



Lewis is pretty powerful in this performance. Then again, she defended the CBA by pointing to the role of an Independent Compliance Monitor, who still hasn't been hired.

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