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Lecture 10

GGRB28H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Eminent Domain, Bruce Ratner

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Mark Hunter

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1. How have the overarching aims of large-scale urban planning and regeneration/revitalization
projects in the western world changed over time?
They have changed overtime because now they are used to promote economic
Focus of gvmnt shifted from managerial to economic
“regeneration” should be regarded as a problematic term
equated with wealth and jobs but ignores other problems
1st problem is the distribution of wealth—whats the qualiy of the jobs
By being ppl atractors the projects lure a lot of visitors
Old building renovated new built to tap into tourist economy
Designed to regenerate a specific area only
Basically benefits a small group and the jobs created are not long term good jobs
Key Concepts
1. How is the proposed project an example of what Hall’s discussion of ‘models f
regeneration’ based on a ‘people attracting’ venue?
The Brooklyn arena is being used as a way to put Brooklyn on the map. They are using
the idea of a mega stadium to attract tourists and basketball fans to come to this city.
2. What kinds of public money was needed to finance this private development, and was it
justified, in your view?
- the land and area around the purposed located was determined "blighted"
- through "Eminent domain" the city had the power to take private property for public use
- the city took ownership of these blighted areas and settled with locals and business owners
-the city then sold it to Bruce Ratner (Real estate developer)
-in my view its not justified because the area was not really blighted. also Bruce Ratner is a
minority owner of the Brooklyn nets so there is a conflict of interest
-additionally the city refused to sell to another developer that had a higher offer
3. What displacement issues did the project raise?
The displacement issues that were raised were the people who lived in the community all
had to move out. These were their home and ppl had families and jobs in the area and had
local businesses had to sell their business that they owned for a very long time.
-this did not take place in an affluent area but specifically targeted a lower income
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