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Community board No. 6 raised its formal opposition to the Ratner Atlantic Yards project saying that the overcrowding it will produce is not good for the neighborhood.
“Within a quarter-mile [of the arena], the population will increase by 60 percent. No mitigation scheme can prevent the dangers that such overcrowding will create,” said board member Jeff Strabone….
There is no denying that having the New Jersey Nets in the neighborhood would change the face of the area. Is 60 percent a reasonable estimate though? Read More about it here.
On another front, as opposition builds against the Ratner project one of the loudest voices has been silenced. Evelyn Ortner was a long time activist trying to keep Brooklyn free of just this sort of thing. She worked fervently to protect the character of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods from over zealous developers. She passed away last week, removing what could possibly be the sharpest thorn in Ratner’s side. More about her life and death here.
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