Atlantic Yards as "A Betrayal of the Public Trust"?
So if the decision to proceed with an 18,000-seat basketball arena but to defer or eliminate the four surrounding towers is defensible from a business perspective, it also feels like a betrayal of the public trust.Also, Mr. Ouroussoff says that "no development at all would be preferable to building the design that is now on the table" and that Mr. Gehry might want to walk away. It is early. There are many Brooklyn reactions sure to follow today, but here is one of the ones that counts the most, from the preeminent Atlantic Yards authority, Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report. Mr. Oder, for instance, writes that " it’s not a painful setback for urban planning because there was no real urban planning."
Mr. Gehry conceived of this bold ensemble of buildings as a self-contained composition — an urban Gesamtkunstwerk — not as a collection of independent structures. Postpone the towers and expose the stadium, and it becomes a piece of urban blight — a black hole at a crucial crossroads of the city’s physical history. If this is what we’re ultimately left with, it will only confirm our darkest suspicions about the cynical calculations underlying New York real estate deals.
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