From: Alan Sondheim <email@example.com>
To: Cyb <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Wryting-L <WRYTING-L@listserv.wvu.edu>
Subject: From our rooftop - the horror! the horror!
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:10:48 -0400 (EDT)
From our rooftop - http://www.flickr.com/photos/asondheim/sets/72157630844929052/ the big-corporate 5 billion dollar 1%-er mess for the neighborhood - barclay's arena - also including a 32-story skyscrape for housing in the small-footprint area to the right of the building. we're trying to move out. the company never once met with the neighborhood, but instead seized buildings by eminent domain and ignored new york city rules and regulations, not to mention environmental laws. there's no sanitation or police plan in place. how did they do this? they - the boro president, mayor of nyc, governor of ny, and 'forest city ratner' declared the arena property no longer part of the city, but belonging instead to the state. so screw nyc, screw the residents who have to live with the pollution, noise, filth, and crime this monstrosity is already generating, and three cheers for the performers and investors who are going to make a killing. this whole project was fought by the way by a number of groups, mainly develop, don't destroy, brooklyn (dddb) - and we lost all the cases until recently, now we're winning, but it doesn't matter - the investors will get their rewards on the ruins of a neighborhood. mind you most people here i think are for it - brooklyn hasn't had a sports arena for years. but there were far better sites; placing it in the center of a residential neighborhood is a mess.