Public Benefits and the Public Trust Doctrine in 'Avella V. City of New York'
6 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2017
Date Written: July 18, 2017
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.
Keywords: public trust doctrine, community benefits agreements, Willets Point, Queens, economic development
JEL Classification: K11, R52
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