Last week, when I learned of the new name, I immediately incorporated Pacific Park into the blog description. Today I add it to the name of the blog.
Atlantic Yards (& Pacific Park) Report acknowledges the new name but prioritizes the project's long history as Atlantic Yards, which cannot be ignored. (Maybe at some point I'll take away the parentheses.)
|Empty blog from Forest City|
Moreover, developer Forest City Ratner has already taken steps to forestall such scrutiny:
- PacificParkReport.com has been registered by Forest City staffer Christopher Lau
- PacificParkReport.blogspot.com, an empty blog on Blogger, is attributed to "FCRC Support"
What about Pacific Park Watch?
Similarly PacificParkWatch.com and PacificParkWatch.net have been claimed by Forest City.
That's surely an attempt to gain distance from the sometimes powerful site, Atlantic Yards Watch (set up by local civic groups), where residents can post incident reports on construction violations, parking, idling, noise, and other project- related problems.
No long article--as opposed to incident reports--has been published since last September, but Atlantic Yards Watch has had impacts.
In July 2012, a report, prepared for Atlantic Yards Watch by a veteran environmental consulting firm, concluded that Forest City Ratner and its contractors, bent on getting a huge project finished by a tight deadline, regularly failed to comply with mitigation protocols officially agreed to, and that other mitigations were implemented late, poorly, or unevenly.
This past June, Empire State Development announced new monitoring by and outside firm, plus new procedures to enhance construction oversight.