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Monday, March 22, 2004

The Battle of Brooklyn: has more on the struggle of Brooklyn residents who would lose their homes if Bruce Ratner's plan for a new arena comes to fruition. A number of residents have retained lawyers to fight the eminent domain claims (discussed in this earlier post). The main debate is over whether the land is being taken for public or private use. Opponents claim that building an arena and bringing in an NBA basketball team is clearly a private use. Supporters, however, point to the incredible economic growth and community development that can come with a new arena and professional sports franchise.

Economic progress has always come at the detriment of some individuals, nearly all of whom are in the lower-third of the income brackets. While the benefit to the overall community could be significant, one should also look at the faces of some of those that could fall victim to the Brooklyn Nets.