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Raucous Crowd Debates Ratner Project

More than 750 people gathered in a college auditorium Tuesday night to battle over Bruce Ratner's $3.5 billion plan for a Nets' arena and mini-city in Brooklyn. Officially a public hearing on the project's environmental impact, the gathering quickly became yet another forum on the overall effect of what critics call "Ratnerville". Meanwhile, experts see the Ratner plan as typical a new trend, using a stadium or arena to anchor huge real estate projects.