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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

At ACORN, Who IS Paying Attention to Atlantic Yards?

In May, 2005 ACORN partnered with Ratner to build Atlantic Yards' 2,250 "affordable" housing units out of what is now a proposed total of 6,430 housing units. That partnership included the following contractual obligation between ACORN and Forest City Ratner:
As long as the Project will include the ACORN/Atlantic Yards 50/50 Program as described in paragraph 1, ACORN agrees to take reasonable steps to publicly support the Project by, among other things, appearing with the Developer before the Public Parties, community organizations and the media as part of a coordinated effort to realize and advance the Project and the contemplated creation of affordable housing. (Emphasis added)
Three and a half years later ACORN is still fullfilling that contract to promote the project in the media (albeit not aggressively) despite what is plain for all to see: Forest City Ratner either has no intention or no ability (or both) to fulfill its commitment to that "50/50 affordable" housing program. Ratner doesn't have the money to do it, doesn't have the land to do it, and doesn't even bother to show a model of Phase 2 of the project plan which contemplated the large majority of the "affordable" units. He also has no contractual obligation with New York City or New York State to ever complete Phase 2. Our surmise is that the developer has no intention of fufilling his commitment to ACORN.

So why is ACORN's newly promoted chief organizer still supporting and promoting the project in the press? Our best guess is that she is unaware of the current status of the project—as is illustrated in Norman Oder's critique of her recent WBAI interview below—for if she were aware or not understandably preoccupied with the national political drama, surely she'd no longer stand by the floundering project she once celebrated. Would she? And if she has not been paying much attention to Atlantic Yards lately, as she states, who at ACORN is paying attention to the developer's broken promises? Anyone?

Norman Oder wrote about the WBAI Bertha Lewis interview on his Atlantic Yards Report:
ACORN's Lewis still thinks AY's moving forward (but not paying as much attention)

On WBAI radio yesterday, sociologist and City Watch co-host Bill DiFazio invited ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis to defend the organization against charges of voter registration fraud--and, at about 17:50 in, brought up Atlantic Yards. (Lewis was elevated from New York to the national role in the wake of an embezzlement scandal.)
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BL: I have to say I haven't been paying as much attention [to Atlantic Yards] since I’ve just gotten a new position, I am now chief organizer for ACORN national. So...

Lewis continued, unmindful about the "AY is dead" meme or the proliferating reports of Bruce Ratner's attempts to sell the team.

What I knew is demolition has been going on. They’be been winning their court cases.
(But not a key motion to dismiss, the loss of which flipped the AY inevitability meme.)

Lewis allowed that subsidies are still up in the air:
They’re still moving forward with development. The big crash and horrible financial condition that we find ourselves in, which, by the way, ACORN has been screaming about since 1999…. They're still pushing forward. We still have our housing plan intact and in place. They’re still looking to get the subsidies that they’re going to need in order to build 50% of affordable housing.

That would be 50% of the rentals, not the project as whole. And some of those subsidized rentals might cost more than $3000 a month.

Groundbreaking in December?

Even the developer has acknowledged the likelihood of a six-month delay, but Lewis didn't acknowledge that--or whether the credit crunch might have an impact:
So, they wanted to break ground by this December, they may still be able to do that. They may be delayed by a month or so. But the only thing that's been delaying them is one court case after another. But they’re still on track. Atlantic Yards is gonna be built. It may wind up taking six months more than originally stated. But it is moving forward. It is going to be built. The thousands of affordable housing units that are going to be there are needed now more than ever, because everything else in Downtown Brooklyn is all luxury.

Lewis is right that public policy failed, as landowners were given new development rights (and profits) in Downtown Brooklyn without a requirement to share the wealth via subsidized units. But it doesn't necessarily endorse the density and the subsidies behind Atlantic Yards.
NoLandGrab comments: "Six months more than originally stated?" Try six more years, and that'd be just to get started — if it gets started.

Oder continues:
"The truth does not matter"

In talking about the national political scene, at 15:10, DiFazio and Lewis had an interesting exchange that could also be applied to Atlantic Yards.

BD: It seems like one of the things [critics of ACORN] may be ultimately successful in doing is getting community organizers who are… working on voting to become more careful than they should, because they can become worried that, if you screw up in any way, the Republicans are going to use it as propaganda. And most people have no way of getting at facts.

BL: What we understand about the Republicans, the RNC, and their right-wing cohorts--you can be absolutely perfect—do everything perfect. It doesn’t matter to these people. They want to win and retain power at all costs. You know what—the truth does not matter to these folks. We’ve seen what’s been happening in this campaign so far.

Has she spent any time with Forest City Ratner's "liar fliers"?
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Full article.



Posted: 10.30.08
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