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Did Ratner Co-opt Community Groups to Support Arena Plan?

The New York Observer reviews the history of Bruce Ratner's efforts to bring community groups on board his plan for a new Nets arena and mini-city in Brooklyn. The Observer's Matthew Schuerman shows that Ratner helped set up and financed some of the groups he negotiated with on low-income housing and jobs while other, more established, groups wouldn't deal with the him. Scheuerman also writes that Ratner is not likely to downsize because it involves "real money"...his.