On the face of it, the announcement was in response to local opposition. But this is really a
Read the entire essay at http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20120413/the-shell-game. For more of Pedersen's reporting for Metropolis Magazine, see http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/author/martin.
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.