Barclays Boots Conference, Ratner Cancels Keynote Over Planned Protests

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Barclays Center has kicked out a real estate conference planned for Tuesday at the venue because tenant groups planned to protest keynote speaker Forest City Chairman Bruce Ratner, The Real Deal reported. LandlordsNY conference organizers were looking for a new venue. But wherever they end up, Ratner will no longer deliver the keynote.

Tenant advocate groups the Fifth Avenue Committee, Met Council on Housing and Make the Road were planning to protest the selection of Ratner as a keynote spaker, saying he is not a good “role model for landlords” because the Atlantic Yards project displaced tenants and has not yet built promised affordable housing, according to the story.

Ratner Yanks Big Event at Barclays Due to Planned Protests [TRD]

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