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As the leader of the broad-based coalition of organizations opposing Bruce Ratner's arena / high-rise plan in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, DDDb is the organized voice of opposition to this plan:

  • DDDb has reached out to tens of thousands of community members; maintains regular contact with a mailing list of thousands of supporters; and has recruited more than 150 active volunteers who carry out the organization's work.

  • Held two community rallies, the second of which was attended by 3000 people and supported by 40 organizations.

  • Is organizing a range of legal challenges to the Ratner Plan with a multi-faceted legal team led by noted Civil Liberties lawyer Norman Siegel and top-ten rated New York State law firm Young Sommer.

  • Working with Hunter College to leverage local expertise to scope for pending environmental impact study.

  • Filed an amicus curiae brief (friend of the court brief) to the United States Supreme Court, in support of Petitoners­New London Connecticut homeowners­in the landmark eminent domain case, Kelo v. The City of New London. (download the brief)

  • Released and secured widespread attention for a major economic analysis of the Ratner Plan that found a $1.3 billion credibility gap in Ratner's numbers.

  • Organized a lobbying trip to Albany which educated 45 assemblymen and senators about what's wrong with the Ratner proposal, and what type of development would truly benefit the effected communities.

  • Has held numerous press conferences with a growing number of political supporters, and drives the opposition's position in the Media.

  • Has met with more than half of New York's City Council members and successfully lobbied for a City Council public hearing held on May 4. Provided expert testimonies at that hearing, and at public information meetings in Park Slope, Fort Green and Prospect Heights.

  • Co-sponsored the creation of six alternate development plans (for both an arena and for the site targeted by Ratner) that illustrate flaws and weaknesses in the Ratner Plan.

  • Successfully reached out to 15 organizations to cosign a letter to our assembly people urging the use ULURP of the project. These organizations included NYPIRG, FAC, PICCED, PACC, FGA, AABA, Dr. Tom Angotti, FROGG and others.

  • Successfully reached out to 15 organizations to cosign a letter to all our Community Board Members urging them not to be rushed into giving input into any ‘Community Benefits Agreements’ until public hearings have been had and information on the project and requested subsidies is forthcoming.

  • Held numerous meetings with citizens who live in the proposal's footprint and surrounding neighborhoods, and has gathered thousands of signatures on a petition opposing the Ratner Plan.

  • Met with community Boards 2,6,8 and Editorial Boards of the city’s major daily newspapers.

  • Wrote a white paper on the arena’s impact on the NYC2012 Olympic bid, and lobbied theInternational Olympic Committee on the issue.
    (download the white paper)
  • Lodged a Conflicts of Interest complaint about the City Planning Commissioner’s investmentin the proposed project.

  • Secured pro-bono legal services for the lower-income tenants on the footprint.
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Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with NYC and NY State.
MOU with NYC & NYS
MTA Letter to Forest City Ratner

Develop-Don't Destroy Brooklyn is advocating to bring greater transparency, government accountability and community involvement to the development of the Atlantic Yards area in Brooklyn. We challenge Bruce Ratner's proposed Nets Arena and 17 Highrise development plan for the area.
What is Ratner proposing?

People in Brooklyn may want the Nets, but no one wants a secret, taxpayer- subsidized sweetheart deal forced on Brooklyn’s communities. We want a development plan that's good for Brooklyn, not simply good for Mr. Ratner and his friends.
What's wrong with Ratner's proposal?

Develop-Don’t Destroy Brooklyn leads a broad-based community coalition fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.
DDDb's list of achievements.

Wednesday, March 16, 12pm. Forest City-Atlantic Yards Informational Luncheon. Gargiulo's Restaurant 2911-15 West 15th Street, Coney Island. POSTPONED.POSTPONED.

The Chamber of Commerce event is billed as "A presentation to formally introduce the Atlantic Yards project to businesses in the outer parts of the borough.  The presentation will cover how the project will benefit all Brooklyn businesses."

Come, let them know the reality and have some good food.

Chamber Members and Non Chambers Members Free.  Contact: Yuk Ling Lo 718-875-1000 ext. 116. More info.

Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm. Thy Neighbor's House: A Forum on Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing in New York City.
Old First Reformed Church
126 Seventh Avenue (@ Carroll Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Good zoning laws can preserve housing for poor and middle-income people. We want to maintain the economic and cultural diversity of our neighborhoods. What's the way forward? Is there hope? How can we do this?

Featuring Brad Lander, Director, Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environmental Development (PICCED) and David Yassky, New York City Council Member, 33rd District

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Old First Reformed Church, the Fifth Avenue Committee and Park Slope Neighbors. .

Thursday, March 17, 7pm. CENTRAL BROOKLYN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS: Candidate Forum. Park Slope United Methodist Church, 6th Ave. & 8th Street in the basement (enter through the garden gate on 6th Ave). Candidate Forum
Invited candidates:
-- Gifford Miller, candidate for Mayor

-- Norman Siegel, candidate for Public Advocate

The public is welcome to monthly Club meetings. Refreshments will be served. More info.

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Yup, that's Ratner's plan for residential Brooklyn. (pdf file)

The UNTY Development Plan initiated by Councilwoman Letitia James (PDF)

No Land Archives of news articles and letters from the community

Fans For Fair Challenging Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Project

New York News and Views on the New York Olympic Bid/And Ratner's Arena Proposal

Field of Schemes: The Source on Stadium Scams/Schemes

Dope on the Slope Blog: Chronicling the Brooklynization of two Tennessee hillbillies Good Blogging Coverage of Ratner and Real Estate 'Nuff Said.

Olympic Bloomdoggle

Eminent Domain Watch: A Blog About Eminent Domain in the News The online resource for residential tenants

Senator Velmanette Montgomery's Website

Go to: Community Board 2  6  8

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