Sunday, February 25, 2007

Playing Ball With Bruce

Errol Louis, despite all of the derision from those who would feel that going down with the ship is an honorable course of action, once again is a voice for sanity on the Atlantic Yard project. In his column in today's NY Daily News he advises the persistent critics of the development to "accept the reality of the plan and see what can be done to make it better."

He does so, however, firmly convinced that such a course of action is about as palatable as suggesting a detour to a herd of lemmings. The reality here is that if the critics had taken a less rejectionist stance there is a great possibility that even more creative compromises could have been devised. FCRC, unlike the "my way, or the highway" greed merchants at Related (who would brook absolutely no alternative vision for its grand larceny of the BTM), would have done a great deal to avoid the knockdown-drag-out fight that the spirited crew at DDD waged.

As someone who has often been counseled to get off the tracks because the train has left the station (and who just as often ignores the advice) I know how hard it is to give up the fight. It is time to do so, everything from now on is just postscript.