The discussion went a little afield--was the site really one Robert Moses had in mind or just the area?--but touched on some of the hot-button issues.
Zukin identified two problems--the scale and the process--but provoked her host by asserting AY would be a "giant attraction on top of a relatively small set of subway platforms."
Lopate pointed out that it was, after all, to be located near Brooklyn's major transit hub. (Then again, the capacity wasn't increased.)
Zukin pointed out that, if we were better at urban planning, we'd create transportation and infrastructure before such things as an arena and housing. (She returned to the issue of infrastructure first later in the program, at about 33:10.)
A little later in the show, at about 10:50, Zukin said that the Department of City Planning has combined the example of Jane Jacobs and the "grandiosity" of Robert Moses "by upscaling the avenues and downscaling the side streets."
(That's not an unreasonable philosophy, but the devil's in the details.)
"They have rejected superblocks," Lopate observed.
"We’ll see," said Zukin, noting that plans [see Observer article] for Atlantic Yards and the World Trade Center "do not dispense with those awful superblocks."