While the fight against eminent domain and the Atlantic Yards arena were lost, the 22-acre Atlantic Yards site is being and will be contested for decades to come. There is also an effort to bring proper governance and oversight to the project as it move forward in whatever form it takes.
The organizations involved in these efforts are:
There is also an effort underway to reinvigorate the community’s plan for the site—The UNITY Plan—and move forward with a framework to change the planning and political dynamic at the site. The UNITY Plan website is:
On June 15, 2011 a community meeting to discuss UNITY, sponsored by Councilwoman Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, was held. The turnout was amazing: over 200 people attended. Here are a few articles about the meeting:
Meeting on revision of UNITY plan draws large crowd; development principles may be applied to Phase 2 AY site, but political pressure needed
- Atlantic Yards Report
Atlantic Yards Fight Gets Re-Energized
As construction moves forward, the emphasis shifts to 2013 elections and moving control of the site from state to local entities.
- Park Slope Patch
UNITY 4 Meeting Broaches New Plan For Atlantic Yards
- New York Times - The Local: Fort Greene Blog
Community re-energized over Atlantic Yards development
- Brooklyn Downtown Star
UNITY: A desperate plea for adult supervision
- The Brooklyn Rail