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Brooklyn Stadium Project Controversy Continues

<p>The controversy surrounding a proposed $4 billion sports arena and residential project on 22 acres in Brooklyn provokes questions about the area's future that are national, as well as local.</p>
December 22, 2006, 5am PST | Deborah Myerson
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As the U.S. prepares to increase its population to 400 million by 2040--absorbing a predicted 100 million people to its population--new concerns are arising about how communities will provide affordable housing and adequate infrastructure. For some, the proposed high-density Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn has become a case study for the future of cities in America and how they handle these issues.

It is also raising questions about whether the use of eminent domain to claim the property for the project is serving a primarily private, or public, interest. Also at stake is whether the promise of 2,250 units of affordable housing is a worthwhile tradeoff for radically reshaping the streets of brownstones and storefronts into a landscape of skyscrapers.

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Published on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 in USA Today
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