Thursday, December 01, 2005

Urban Development

Dean Street at 6th Avenue, looking north. These buildings are slated for demolition to make room for the arena.

South Elliott Place at South Portland Avenue, looking south. This development by Forest City Ratner, not slated for demolition, sits directly north of the proposed arena and closer to mass transit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soon after Bruce Ratner unveiled his proposal, community residents showed him how he could build his arena without taking other people's property through eminent domain. We showed him how he could demolish his mall (pictured) and build his arena over it. he turned us down, though FRANK GEHRY WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECT thought it was an intriguing idea.

why did Bruce Ratner reject this idea out of hand, and idea that was actually a compromise (much of the community doesn't want an arena perios, neither should the taxpayer) He rejected this idea because he has plans to build 3 or 4 towers above this wretched mall, which would amount to 1.25 million sq. feet of office/residential space. why waste all those development rights on an arena, when he can ask his government friends to take other people's property for him and rezone it for him.


2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicolae Ceaucescu must be smiling somewhere.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All good stuff; it's good to have your thoughts on this. Your previous observation on the traffic implications of the proposed curb cuts should spark some sort of inquiry given the implications for the adjacent emergency services. Do you know whether it's specifically in the draft EIS?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

The implications for the fire house and police precinct are excluded from the review! See the Emergency Services post, above.

11:29 PM  

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