Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Two National Organizations Speaking on Atlantic Yards

Two very highly-regarded organizations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Scenic America are joining Brooklyn Speaks, the organization connected to the Municipal Arts Society that is arguing for major changes in the Atlantic Yards proposal. Both organizations are veterans of major, major battles in Washington and around the country. It will be interesting to see what these groups bring to the table and how they are perceived in what has been a very local fight. And, by local, we mean that Atlantic Yards has not garnered a lot of attention in Manhattan, let alone Washington or Chicago. The development was first reported very late yesterday afternoon by The Real Estate.

The news conference takes place today (12/5) at 11:45 a.m. at Fort Greene Place, between Hanson and Fulton Streets, in Fort Greene.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit that works to save historic places and revitalize communities. It was founded in 1949, is headquartered in Washington and has 270,000 members. Scenic America is a leading nonprofit advocacy organization that works on "scenic conservation" and fighting "visual blight." They've been very involved in the fight against outdoor advertising.


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