Sportswriter Will Leitch has penned a big narrative think piece on Barclays Center in New York Magazine. The takeaway: It’s here, sports fans are excited, this will shape Brooklyn for years to come. Reflecting on the process that brought us to this point, he said:
Ratner doesn’t worry about his personal legacy; once, during another meeting, he pointed to famous buildings nearby and noted that no one knows the names of the people who built them. The world is a “long, big place,” he said. One hundred years from now, “Brooklyn is going to be an epicenter of this country, and this place will be at the middle of that. No one will care what we had to do to make it happen.”
One of the biggest effects of the center is likely to be on traffic and parking, although the city still maintains no special permits are needed for residents. “The nightmare situation involves random Barclays Center patrons driving up, through, and around Park Slope and Cobble Hill all night looking for free parking,” he wrote. In its own take on the story, Atlantic Yards Reports said: “What about the housing — would it last 100 years, especially if built modular? I wouldn’t bet on it.” What do you think?
What if Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center Isn’t a Success? [NY Mag]
NY Mag on Barclays Center [AYR]
Building Affordable Housing at Atlantic Yards [Brownstoner]
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