For the residents of Prospect Heights, you either love the name Bruce Ratner or you hate it. It’s not new news to anyone that the New Jersey Nets are moving to Brooklyn, but does this move have to mean negative change to the community?
The new arena is set to build in what is known as Atlantic Yards, and will see a lot of change. And change is what the location needs. Currently unused and not taken care of, Atlantic Yards is a sore to the neighborhood as a whole.
But besides the Barclays Center, new sky-rises along with commercial space that many argue will take away from the charming sky-line and neighborhood feel Prospect Heights has been known for.
You can’t ignore the pros this development will have on Prospect Heights; more jobs, increased real-estate value, even the local economy will see positive signs of growth. Yes, traffic, noise, and pollution are always issues, but housing the Nets seems to be a better solution for the space than a lot of other things I can think of.
Look at it this way, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov could be your neighbor and you might get invited to some pretty nice parties. And it’s not like the games will be sold out. With the open seats, could be fun to be a Nets fan.