Build on, some say

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Many of the city’s biggest planned projects, from the Atlantic Yards to Moynihan Station, are in trouble or have been left for dead. Critics say some, like Moynihan Station, grew out of control. But some optimists, like Mitchell Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at New York University, say that a slowing economy is reason to press on with ambitious developments, just as the government did through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs during the Depression. “Now is the time to accelerate those projects and help prop up a weak economy,” Moss said.

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