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"
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."
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.