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Race, Class Becoming Issues in Ratner Controversy

Bruce Ratner's pledge to provide "affordable" housing, varying definitions of "community" and "displacement" all made for an incendiary discussion of plans for a new Nets' arena and surrounding mini-city this week. When a critic of the $3.5 billion project said it would hurt their "community" by displacing local residents, a supporter shot back that her "community" needed housing. Meanwhile, Ratner reached out to minorities and women seeking work on the project.