Monday, December 30, 2013

Vintage BdB: endorsing meaningless 2006 Atlantic Yards cut, de Blasio said "anything we can do to decrease the size of the project will help lessen the negative impact on quality of life"

Take a look at the video attached to this 9/26/06 report on NY1, City Planners Look To Shrink Atlantic Yards Project, and scroll forward to 1:05 of the report.

Listen to Council Member (and now Mayor-elect) Bill de Blasio: "You still can make this a somewhat smaller project. You can still achieve those social goals, and you can certainly make it fit better with the surrounding community and anything we can do to decrease the size of the project will help lessen the negative impact on quality of life."

At that moment, de Blasio was not, in fact, endorsing any significant changes.

He was backing an orchestrated, meaningless 8% cut in the size of the project "recommended" by the Department of City Planning, which would reduce the projected size of Atlantic Yards, in square feet, to the amount announced three years earlier.

More recently, of course, he's similarly sounded reasonable while staying supportive of the project, despite ample opportunity for criticism.

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