Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Passenger Ships Didn't Have Enough Lifeboats Before the Titanic, Why Have Them Now?

That's the logic behind the ESDC , oops the "new" "everything changes" ESDC's response to a request for a security review of Atlantic Yards. You see, because a crappy poorly designed stadium was built 40 years ago with no security measures, its really not necessary to build one now.

ESDC gives elected officials the brush-off on arena security

Local politicians get a "Dear Colleague" letter in return for their efforts:

The eight elected officials who asked the state for an independent study of Atlantic Yards security got a cordial brush-off from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), which sent a brief November 30 letter (right, click to enlarge) reiterating that, just as Madison Square Garden operates without street closures, so could the Atlantic Yards arena.

That doesn't quite answer the issue, as I explained, because the parts of MSG closest to the street are mostly concrete, not glass, as planned for Atlantic Yards and the trigger for street closings around the Prudential Center in Newark, and an interior street next to MSG was closed after the 9/11 attacks.

Kind of fitting they would cite the project that it touchstone for callous hubris and complete disregard for architecture, community, history and aesthetics, eh?

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