Monday, April 16, 2012

NYU Faculty Against The Sexton Plan (NYUFASP)

NYUFASP has launched a website at  The website is full of great resources including media coverage of NYU 2031; for example, Martin C. Pedersen's "The Shell Game," a critical analysis of the "Sexton-Stringer compromise" for  Here is an excerpt:
On the face of it, the announcement was in response to local opposition. But this is really a

move straight from the developer’s playbook. In honor of the client here, let’s call it “Gamesmanship 101.” Here is how it works: 1) propose a humongous, X-million-square foot project; 2) get predictably hammered by outraged community groups who claim it will ruin the neighborhood; 3) appear to re-group or “go back to the drawing board”; 4) allow a decent interval of time to elapse (you’re busy processing all of the “neighborhood concerns”); and 5) roll out a slightly modified new plan (still too damn big, of course, but not quite as bloated as the original) that appears to be in response to local “input,” but is in fact very close to the internal number you were aiming for all along.
Read the entire essay at  For more of Pedersen's reporting for Metropolis Magazine, see

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