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Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn : A coalition of civic activists, writers Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Safran Foer), musiscians, actors (Steve Buscemi) and area residents opposed to the project. The press release they issued September 28 declared, “Atlantic Yards – It's A Crime! Community Organizations Join to Call for a New Plan at Atlantic Yards Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than an Arena”
Atlantic Yards Report: The most prolific opponent of Atlantic Yards is blogger/Journalist Norman Oder, author of the Atlantic Yard Report. He’s covered nearly every aspect but the closest he came to a 50,000-foot sum-up and overview was his recent piece: “Atlantic Yards and the Culture of Cheating” He reviews what he says was deception by Forest City Ratner throughout the project, including on promises related to jobs, low income housing, eminent domain and traffic:
“There's no legal corruption. But Atlantic Yards relies upon what I'd call a "culture of cheating," a term inspired by The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead, a book by business ethicist David Callahan.
It's an ends-justify-the-means shamelessness and betrayal of promises that pervades the project, involving, at various times, project promoters, consultants, lawyers, and community partners. And that cheating has been too often ignored or papered over by the press.”
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After originating at Zuccotti Park, the Occupy Wall Street protests have spread throughout the nation, hitting cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland, et al. Additional movements popped up in New York City, and Occupy Brooklyn has hit Atlantic Yards in protest.
Famed protester Daniel Goldstein, known best for heading Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn until reaching a settlement with Bruce Ratner worth roughly $3 million, was on hand to protest, stating that "There is no greater monument to crony capitalism in all of Brooklyn than the Atlantic Yards Project."
According to the terms of Goldstein's $3 million settlement, he "cannot actively oppose the project." Oops. While I'm not sure if this qualifies as "actively opposing" under the specific language in the settlement, it's safe to say this isn't exactly "actively promoting."