Thursday, July 8, 2010

Court tells City to cough up documents

From Crains:

The city's contentious plan to develop a portion of northern Brooklyn known as Broadway Triangle was dealt another setback earlier this week.

Last year, Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, which represents 40 community groups, filed a lawsuit against the city and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, claiming that plans to develop the 30-acre site in Williamsburg, bordering Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick, discriminates against minorities and a significant portion of the Hasidic Jewish community. On Monday, the court ordered the city to produce documents and demographic data related to the case or provide a sworn affidavit as to why that information can't be produced.

"Contrary to defendants' argument, documents reflecting race and apartment size for NYCHA, Mitchell-Lama projects in Williamsburg, and Community District 1 affordable income projects are discoverable because the documents may be directly relevant or reach the data which will assist the Court,” according to the Supreme Court of the State of New York court filing. “The issue is whether the buildings at issue implicate intentional discrimination against non-whites, or would result in a discriminatory impact against non-whites."


Anonymous said...

So, we cant build nicer things in this city, or find a better/more efficient use for our limited space, because some minorities and immigrants might not be able to afford them and get upset????

Are you kidding me?

Queens Crapper said...

That's not what the lawsuit is about, dim bulb.

Anonymous said...

They could probably build a really nice park right there.

kingofnycabbies said...

There's a building on Bushwick Avenue which has "Thanks Assemblyman Vito Lopez" on the front of it, in the same size type as the building's name, and located above it. Always looks very Soviet-era to me.