From the Village Voice:
In an unsurprising move, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied the petition to grant a hearing to 11 property owners and tenants opposed to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. The plaintiffs had turned to the High Court after a lower federal court dismissed their challenge to the state's use of eminent domain for the mega development in Prospect Heights.
Lacking avenues in the federal courts, Atlantic Yards opponents now plan to take their lawsuit to state court, where in a long-shot effort, they will argue that the use of eminent domain for the $4 billion project violates the law of New York because the state government is attempting to seize their private property not for the public good, but for the private benefit of the developer, Forest City Ratner Companies.
Supporters of Atlantic Yards, on the other hand, have argued that the development provides public benefits in the form of thousands of units of promised affordable housing, and jobs associated with the planned sports arena.
Heh. Yes, just ask the folks in Red Hook about all the jobs they were promised in return for supporting the intrusion into their neighborhood. And ask the folks at Queens West about that affordable housing. Sick of being lied to about mega developments? Go testify for our neighbors in Willets Point tonight.