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Bruce Ratner, Magic Johnson on Opposite Sides of the Street

Bruce Ratner is not Magic Johnson, in spite of their love of the game and Brooklyn. Ratner has the support of a key group in his drive to get his planned Nets arena and mini-city built: affordable housing advocates. Those advocates picketed Magic Johnson this week as he began selling luxury condos next door to the arena site. Just how powerful those advocates should be is a matter of some debate. Also, critics have a new mantra in the Brooklyn Nets debate: Move them to Coney Island!