In Industry magazine, Gilmartin cites Ratner as having "civic conscience and a sense of neighborhood obligation" (bonus: Barclays Center food called "overpriced")
In the first, note that Gilmartin was working for the New York City Public Development Corporation, predecessor to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (which was headed for years by Jim Stuckey, later to joing Forest City):
Do public agencies and private developers really have the same agenda? Shouldn't there be some negotiating tension?
She also said: "I can remember thinking, 'If I were a developer, that's the kind I wanted to be... one with a civic conscience and a sense of neighborhood obligation."
Or, perhaps, as the New York Times put it in September 2012, his "reputation for promising anything to get a deal, only to renegotiate relentlessly for more favorable terms."
Regarding Atlantic Yards
The arena did not swallow the borough--she's right. But I don't think they fully "addressed the quality of life concerns. And while the arena itself alarmed people, the entire project was estimated to have far larger impacts.
On modular housing
Dissing arena food costs
Despite the magazine's focus, a positive mention of a Prospect Heights falafel joint comes with a dis of Barclays Center food prices.
Wow. I'd bet someone in the magazine's editorial office will get a nasty phone call.