I just found this trailer for Brooklyn Matters, a documentary about the proposed Atlantic Yards project. The website explains:
No single event will have a more drastic and long-lasting impact on Brooklyn than the proposed Atlantic Yards development. This uncommon proposal, however, is mostly misunderstood. Brooklyn Matters is an insightful documentary that reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and planning principles to try to push their own interests forward.
Iâ€™ve lived in Brooklyn for nearly 4 years now and ever since I moved into the neighborhood the Atlantic Yards project has filled me with deep ambivalence.
I donâ€™t think the state should be allowed to take peopleâ€™s homes away from them just to build a commercial development. On the other hand most of the area the development will occupy is currently a barren no-mans-land and a big pile of used batteries would look nicer.
I absolutely donâ€™t want a basketball stadium in the neighborhood, and it’s not because I am a terrible racist, I just donâ€™t like sport and I hate those â€œRaaaaaaarrrrr!â€ sounds that emanate from stadiums. They give me the creeps.
I desperately donâ€™t want to lose Freddyâ€™s bar, my favorite bar in New York, but I do like the look of that Frank Gehry designed building they keep showing us on the news.
I donâ€™t like the idea of dark shadows enveloping the surrounding neighborhood, but I do like the idea of a lot of affordable housing.
It seems all of my reasoning is entirely selfish, just like everyone elseâ€™s I suppose. On balance Iâ€™d have to be with the â€˜noâ€™ camp, for Freddyâ€™s more than anything else. If I were the man in charge Iâ€™d make the whole thing much smaller, scrap the sports and not steal anybodyâ€™s home. Sadly I am not the man in charge so whatever happens, happens and I remain deeply ambivalent.
Perhaps I need to see this documentary.