Outside CounselEdward W. De Barbieri, New York Law Journal
Public Benefits and the Public Trust Doctrine in 'Avella v. City of New York'
Edward W. De Barbieri writes: The recent Court of Appeals decision in 'Avella v. City of New York' prevents a major economic development project in northern Queens from moving ahead. Known as the "Valley of Ashes" in The Great Gatsby, the site of the project includes a polluted brownfield where small auto repair shops have repaired vehicles for decades. Those same business owners, primarily immigrant entrepreneurs, have thrived without passable streets, sewers, sidewalks, and other infrastructure. For decades government has tried unsuccessfully to redevelop Willets Point.
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