Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Atlantic Canards

Tonight's the big night, everyone, the first hearing about the proposed Ratner development of the Atlantic Yards. I haven't seen any reports yet, but I think we can fully expect lots of shouting, rending of garments, and gnashing of teeth.

For those who could use an only somewhat-informed recap: Bruce Ratner of the Forest City Ratner Corp wants to build a stadium for the Knicks Nets [Ed note: yes, I'm an idiot], mainly so that he can throw up a bunch of 40-story apartment buildings around it. The people who live in and around the propoosed arena are generally not so keen on the idea, because of the seizure of homes, massive traffic problems, and destruction of the modest brownstone scale of the neighborhood.

It's so cute how all those people in Brooklyn think they can actually control their neighborhood! They're like, "You can't seize our homes through eminent domain!" "We don't want permanent gridlock outside our doors!" "We moved to Brooklyn because we don't want to live in the shadow of skyscrapers!" Brooklynites pick up their doggies' poop; they hold block parties; they have stoop sales. And now a scrappy bunch of neighbors band together to fight the power of an evil developer who wants to spoil their home. But will their spunky determination be enough to defeat...THE DEVELOPER?? Stay tuned.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the stadium is for the Nets, not the Knicks. Silly Gurgly.

2:58 PM  
Blogger gurgly said...

Daargh! Thank you. It's hard, sometimes, being so sports clueless.

5:24 PM  

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