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Lawmakers Increase Push for Affordable Housing at Atlantic Yards

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn; the rust-colored Barclays Center (left) opened last fall. (Matthew Schuerman/WNYC)

Affordable housing at Atlantic Yards is receiving increased focus from lawmakers.

Developer Forest City Ratner committed to 2,200 units of affordable housing in return for significant tax breaks and State Assemblyman Walter Mosley said Brooklyn residents deserve a return on their investment in the project. 

"We want to make sure that a home-court advantage is built for all Brooklynites, not just for an NBA basketball team," he said.

Forest City Ratner said it's already focused on creating affordable housing, and it plans to open its first building with affordable units by the end of next year.

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Dan Sagarin

In the build up towards the "Atlantic Yards" redevelopment, the promises of economic growth, "affordable housing," and professional sports were not simply made in exchange for tax breaks and land. These "benefits" were seen as justifications for the removal of neighborhood residents; Brooklynites who were unfortunate enough to live in the path of "progress."

I came to know many of these people in 2005 & 2006 while making a photographic record of their neighborhood. No one who lived there ever believed that the promises would be kept. My photos are linked below,

Dan Sagarin

http://dansagarin.com/index.php?/root/atlantic-yards/

Nov. 15 2013 10:14 PM

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