More from the Crain's profile
of Atlantic Yards proposer Bruce Ratner:
One wonders, if Bertha Lewis will "fight to the death" why she hasn't joined or
supported the lawsuit filed by DDDB
and 19 other community groups which alleges conflicting agreements which do not
guarantee the "affordable housing" she presumably is fighting to the death for.
...Winning over the community was far harder. Bertha Lewis, CEO of housing
advocate Acorn, says she initially feared further gentrification of the neighborhood.
After negotiating with Forest City for a year, Acorn and seven other groups
signed an agreement in June 2005 that included the developer's pledge to build
2,250 units of affordable housing.
“Bruce listened to us,” Ms. Lewis says. “I'll fight to the death to
get this project done.”
It mght have something to do with this
$1.5 million bailout from Forest City Enterprises to ACORN and it might also
have something to do with this
payday and it probably has a lot to do with this
contract as well.