A gripping documentary about how unnecesary real estate development can change the soul of New York, brings us inside the lives it touches. show more
The Empire State's eminent domain laws are unusually loose, but most of the rest of this story is pertinent far beyond New York. Change a few names and add the next credit bubble, and a Brooklyn-style Battle could be headed to a neighborhood near you. show more
Unfortunately for the film, it's clear from the outset this is a totally one-sided battle that well-connected developer Bruce Ratner is fated to win. show more
June 25, 2011 jberkeley89
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This is a fascinating account of how a major real estate development came into being through the misuse of eminent domain, payoffs, phony community groups, a Russian oligarch, the race card, substantial political contributions, bid rigging, deceit and the indifference of an ill informed press. The developer wanted to gain control of an area next to one of his real estate developments in Brooklyn in order to erect what would have become the most expensive and most densely populated real estate projects in the nationâs history. Real estate prices were rising rapidly and there were million dollar homes in the area. Nonetheless, it was declared âblightedâ by New York State enabling the developer to gain control of the property. Moreover, the developer was able to obtain substantial subsidies from state and city politicians for the project. All of this took place despite widespread objections from residents in the affected and adjacent communities and local politicians. This is a film not to be
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