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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

Witches Correct: Tish or Markowitz?
Some quotes in today's Daily News as follow up to their article on the "value engineering" of Frank Gehry:
Atlantic Yards lite is on 'last legs' - foes
By Jotham Sederstrom and Adam Lisberg

Trimming Frank Gehry's design for the Nets arena at Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards will help ensure it gets built, boosters said Friday- but critics say the scaleback is the plan's death knell.

"The project is definitely on its last legs, and the wicked witch is almost dead," Councilwoman Letitia James (WFP-Fort Greene) said after the Daily News reported that developer Bruce Ratner wants to hire "value engineering" firms to trim millions from Gehry's plans.
...

"Atlantic Yards will happen, with the arena and everything else, and Frank Gehry-inspired for sure, but it may mean that some of the bells and whistles may have to be deferred," Borough President Marty Markowitz said.

"It's prudent to cut costs if you have to cut costs. You do without some of the bells and whistles."
...

"Everybody today, in this kind of market, has to be focused on costs," said Robert Lieber, deputy mayor for economic development.

"It's great to have these big names on it, and we want to encourage that kind of creative design," he said. "But it's got to be something you can build. If it's great design and it never gets off the canvas, what have you done?"
Are the Councilwoman's comments overstated? Perhaps slightly. Norman Oder thinks so as he gauges the various spins.

But not as overstated as Markowitz's, "Atlantic Yards will happen." How could he be so sure? There is no evidence he can point to to back up his claim. The evidence actually presents itself in favor of James over Markowitz. The developer doesn't have the land, doesn't have the money and doesn't even have the access to some of the money he needs to build his project. And wishful thinking by the BEEP won't get him these things.

Besides, what is a "Frank Gehry-inspired" arena? Answer? Gobblydegook.

As for Lieber's comments, perhaps he can be forgiven for not knowing that the "big names" are what were used to sell the development proposal to city and state officials, like his predecessor Daniel Doctoroff, that should have never been bought. It does seem, though, that Lieber is suggesting that if the arena is ever built it will be a lousy design and that the Gehry fantasydome was never feasible.



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