Friday, September 15, 2006

 

Which Side He's On

There's been some debate about whether Hakeem Jeffries' Assembly win was really a victory for Atlantic Yards. The News editorial page and, mostly, I thought it was. Dan Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn puts the most hopeful anti-Yards spin on the vote here. And it's certainly true that Jeffries was a good candidate for reasons that had nothing to do with the project, and that his stance toward the project was at times critical.

But it is probably also worth contrasting the post-vote spin from project opponents with what they were saying in the run-up to the vote, as in this email from DDDB's leaders:

VOTE AGAINST THE ATLANTIC YARDS ON SEPTEMBER 12th

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you because, you - like me - oppose the proposed Ratner arena/highrise project.

In our opposition to that project, there is something very key and timely we can do.

IF WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT VIA EMAIL TO EVERYONE WE KNOW, THEN BILL BATSON WILL WIN THE 57th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT RACE ON SEPT 12

This assembly race has greater impact on the Atlantic Yards fight than any other race this year. Other politicians and most importantly Sheldon Silver will have to listen to Bill as the District's rep, when he is making his decisions about the project.

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