Atlantic Yards Opponents Raise $45K in Walkathon

It's been almost two full years since the state approved Atlantic Yards, the courts have repeatedly ruled against legal challenges to the Brooklyn project, and the economy has fallen into shambles. Still, the group leading the legal fight, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, reports it brought in a considerable sum, $45,000, at its fourth annual walkathon on Sunday.

The amount is just slightly less than the $50,000 it reported at the event last year, but less than half the $100,000 it reported in the heat of the battle in 2006.

The money goes toward the legal challenge, which is currently focused on the use of eminent domain at the Prospect Heights site. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a federal lawsuit brought by the group, prompting a separate suit in state court, which will be heard next year, as a state judge recently rejected an attempt to dismiss the challenge.

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