River of Tears

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Enticing the NBA's New Jersey Nets across the Hudson to play in a brand new—what else?—arena in Brooklyn would displace 1000 families, a city councilwoman claims. The developer says not to worry, the displaced won't be that many, and besides it "guarantee(s) we will treat homeowners and renters more than fairly and work with them to make their moves as easy as possible."

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  1. “…we will treat homeowners and renters more than fairly and work with them to make their moves as easy as possible.”

    Whether they want to move or not.

  2. How about treating the taxpayers more fairly?

  3. The obvious solution is rent-controlled box suites in the new stadium for the displaced to live in.

  4. I don’t give a rat’s ass about watching grown men chase a ball, but I detect a pattern here. What is the plural of stadium, stadii? I see stadii being put up like housing projects, with the occupants having no equity interest, and I am forced to pay for the stadii that will have some large bank’s name on it. Then a few years later, I will buy these millionaire ball players another stadium.

    What shall we do with all the used stadii, that get abandoned for the new ones?

    One would think, that in order to have a venue to play with balls and earn their good livings, these millionaires on welfare could chip in and buy their own stadii.

  5. Just to throw a curve here (I hate major league stadium projects), housing units were displaced for Central Park, too. How is that different?

  6. housing units were displaced for Central Park, too. How is that different?

    Because anyone can enjoy Central Park without paying for a $20.00 ticket. Because no-one’s profiting off of Central Park.

    It’s nothing but another political tug-of-war between New York, New Jersey and Steinbrenner. Where’s Robert Moses when we need him?

  7. It’s “stadia.”
    Its inhabitants will be tribalists who glean unearned self-esteem from the triumphs of their
    proxies. Its profiteers will be a well-connected
    minority who bamboozle a feeble, disinterested public with tales of riches and glory.

    Same ole story, different neighborhood.

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    DATE: 02/01/2004 05:26:40
    [In] mourning, it is better to err on the side of grief than on the side of formality.

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