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Barclays Center Jobs Announcement a Big Win, or No Big Deal? [POLL]

Separating the good from the not-so-good in Ratner's plan to employ local residents.

At face value, an announcement Thursday that developer Forest City Ratner to be filled by public housing and local residents was good news for the borough's unemployed.

However, as the details came in, the picture got a whole lot murkier.

As Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, pointed out in a statement, many of the jobs to be offered at the soon-to-be-opened Barclays Center are part-time and in traditionally low paid employment sectors including janitorial, food service and ticket sales. 

Forest City Ratner later admitted that the "full-time equivalent" number of positions pegged to Thursday's announcement was actually closer to 1,240.

That seems a far cry from the scores of well paying jobs promised before the city approved plans for Atlantic Yards redevelopment and construction on Barclays Center began.

But for the single mother of two at Ingersoll Houses or the teenager at Gowanus Houses, a job created in one of the tightest employment markets in post-WWII history is still exactly that—a job.

What do you think? Is Forest City Ratner dodging its responsibilities to the neighborhoods surrounding its mega-project receiving millions in public funds at Atlantic Yards?

Or is it time to stop looking the jobs gift horse in the mouth?

Gregory April 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I cannot wait to see the traffic jams, the crowds the noise all increase on opening day. Those who wanted this so badly have been taken for a ride and those jobs will get no one ahead in life. Good job, RATner!
lois May 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Promises, promises, empty promises that fall short as soon as things are approved.
Jacqueline June 08, 2012 at 04:35 AM
There would have been jobs years ago if the New NIMBY's in the community did not file law suit after law suit resulting in the main mouth piece becoming a millionaire. Hey Patti and Shelly were's your money did Goldstein share or did he keep it all for himself? Don't bother I know the answer. And maybe we would have also gotten the Gehry rendition of the arena if these folks had just worked together with the developer to get their concerns met. But I guess it makes more sense to stand outside and throw stones than to be inside where your voice can be heard in acceptance rather than in opposition. You don't get much done that way. Will people learn from this lesson I doubt it as some people just thrive on confrontation. Oh well!!!
Candace June 08, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Jacqueline, what makes you think the developer was ever willing to work with anyone in the community? You obviously don't know much about the history of the struggle. . I suggest you see Battle for Brooklyn, which documented all sides of the seven year struggle. Ratner absolutely refused to have a conversation with anyone he already didn't own, or wasn't willing to be bought off.
Jacqueline July 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Candace I know more than you about the struggle do not need to watch a documentary!!!

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