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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Atlantic Yards: Ethics vs. Legalities

One has to wonder what Forest City Ratner's ethics are, as doing what’s right and doing what’s legal are often two different things.

Bruce Ratner thinks of himself as liberal. His starchitect-for-hire, Frank Gehry, describes him as "do-gooder, liberal," a label Gehry also applies to himself. According to a NY Sun article, Ratner is active in "politics and charity." And the same article quotes former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern as saying that, "[Ratner] doesn’t show off…which is different from most people in that field. Most are pretty promotional.”

Yet just yesterday, when the Appellate Division refused to hear an appeal on a case brought by rent-stabilized tenants being forced from their homes by Bruce Ratner's land grab, Ratner's mouthpieces sent out a celebratory press release. No doubt they are pleased to be stomping on tenants' rights -- they need to in order to build their project. But in their ecstatic press release, they did not even have the moral sense to express concern for the tenants rejected by the court and bounced out by Ratner.

The appeal was on a lawsuit (a suit in which DDDB is not involved) that charges that under the Urban Development Corporation Act (UDC Act), the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Forest City Ratner are required to provide a relocation plan for tenants they force out by eminent domain that will provide replacement housing for those tenants. It does not appear that replacement housing is being offered. So first they terminate rent protections by using the state to invoke eminent domain, and then when using eminent domain they don't have the decency--the ethics--to provide new housing for these tenants. Their “relocation” plan actually offers little more than a real estate agent and some cash to move. And though the court found that it does meet the requirements of the UDC Act, the relocation services they offered were insufficient and not exactly evidence of "do-gooder liberalism."

So sure, celebrate your legal victory Bruce Ratner, Bruce Bender and your corporation. But you've lost morally. (Not that we think that matters to you, despite your view of yourself as "liberal" and your interest in "politics and charity", and some strangely held belief that you are "different from most people" in your field.)

Posted: 1.17.08
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