Marty Gets Schooled

Dope on the Slope, how we love ye! After the jump, check out Mr./Ms. Dope’s Brooklyn Borough Cheerleader Marty Markowitz takedown. Clever, witty and to the point.


Smoking Weed
Speaking of weed, what was Borough President Marty Markowitz smoking when he wrote this letter to the editors of New York Magazine in response to Chris Smith’s must-read article, which concluded the project must be opposed:

"Ultimately, our city must confront the reality that more residents are
flocking to Brooklyn 1
, as Smith himself did. And it is the
responsibility of public officials like myself to plan for that growth2
today through projects like Atlantic Yards. You can call me a
“booster,” but what I’m really advocating is a long-term vision that
enables Brooklyn and New York City to preserve the income and ethnic
diversity that define us.3
"

So what do these statements imply?

1"More residents are flocking to Brooklyn." OK. So what? Is that good or bad? Do you even know why so many people are choosing to make Brooklyn their home? How should this knowledge inform your growth strategy?

2"Plan for that growth" A growth plan? That’s a splendid idea. Where can I download a copy? What are the growth targets for the next five years? What development principles have been defined to ensure alignment and integration of big development projects with the ultimate vision? What is the process by which Brooklyn’s citizens drive and oversee achievement of the targets? When is the next major RFP?

Or is this growth plan merely a weed induced hallucination?

3"Advocating … a long-term vision that
enables Brooklyn … to preserve the income and ethnic
diversity that define us.
" Another splendid idea. Now, what are the metrics? How will you know that ethnic and income diversity have been preserved? Is the target to be applied evenly throughout each neighborhood in the borough, or will a borough-wide average suffice? If the former, we’ll need to go in and re-engineer the neighborhoods that don’t meet the minimum threshold. I nominate Brooklyn Heights to be the test case.

Also, if the Atlantic Yards proposal is an income and diversity preservation mechanism (a clearly absurd proposition), then that leads to some astonishing conclusions:

  • Reducing the number of landlords in Brooklyn will increase diversity.
  • Having a single architect design ALL of the buildings in the densest neighborhood in the city will increase diversity.
  • Eliminating local representation from input, approval or oversight of the project will increase diversity.
  • Reducing the number of decision makers to three men in Albany will increase diversity.
  • Bringing a bunch of NEW condos, all built for the same project, 80% of which could not be afforded by low income residents, will increase diversity.
  • Taking property from individual homeowners and giving it to a large corporation to redistribute in accordance with their financial targets is good for diversity.
  • Wow. Pass that stuff around Marty.