MARK YOUR CALENDARS and Come on out… Community Rally On Atlantic Yards Called For May 3rd, 2 PM 752 Pacific Street (near Carlton Avenue) in the "footprint" of the proposed project. Call a Time Out on Atlantic Yards: A Community Rally to Tell Governor Paterson to Halt the Atlantic Yards Project A major community rally will be held Saturday, May 3, 2pm at 752 Pacific Street. The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Brooklyn Speaks, and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn will join with community leaders and elected officials in calling for a freeze on all Atlantic Yards activities. The three sponsoring organizations represent thousands of New Yorkers that have had differing perspectives on issues raised by the Atlantic Yards proposal, but all agree that the current state of affairs is intolerable. The following elected officials have confirmed attendance: NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman, NYS Assemblyman Jim Brennan, NYS Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, NYC Councilwoman Letitia James, NYC Councilman Bill Deblasio, NYC Councilman David Yassky, NYC Councilman Tony Avella. DDDB has always maintained that Atlantic Yards has never been a feasible project. Recent developments in the financial markets and statements by the developer have made that certain, and called the entire project and its purported public benefits into question. The only thing remaining seems to be an arena and acres of demolished vacant lots. This is not the project that was approved. Meanwhile our neighborhoods are being blighted by unnecessary demolitions for a project that seems to be disappearing or drastically postponed. DDDB’s position remains the same as it has from the beginning—the project is bad for so many reasons from process to finance to design, and we oppose it. The project should be scrapped; it’s time for a new plan to develop the rail yards in a democratic, fair and responsible way with genuine community participation. So come on out on May 3rd, join your neighbors, fellow New Yorkers, elected officials and community leaders in telling Governor Paterson: > No More Demolitions! > No More Eminent Domain! > No More Subsidies! > No More Changes to Infrastructure! You can download a rally flier and handcard to distribute at: http://www.dddb.net/mayrally. If you are available to volunteer to distribute fliers for the rally, please email us at: [email protected]
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"Time Out on Atlantic Yards" Rally - Saturday, May
from the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn website (http://www.dddb.net/php/latestnews_Linked.php?id=1385):
It's important to note that this is more than a DDDB event--it includes two other groups that have somewhat different positions on Atlantic Yards. Even the legislators who are speaking have had different views on AY in the past. Thus it's not specifically an anti-AY rally. It's a "don't turn a chunk of Prospects Heights into a wasteland/parking lot for some unknown number of years" rally. Because that's what it's starting to look like will happen. Ratner plans to demolish all the buildings he can, but he's publically admitted that he doesn't know when he's going to build anything back, except possibly the Arena. Of course, then all that vacant land might just--Gosh, who'd have guessed!--turn into massive parking lots. And no, as a Prospect Heights resident, you probably won't get a discount.
good point about this rally being more than a DDDB event. it's much bigger than that. so, even if you don't agree with all that DDDB (or any other organization or politician) says or does, most would agree it is smart to stop the demolition of buildings (which could be renovated/restored/repurposed) to create vacant lots or parking lots. please come out!
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