Brooklynites protested the proposed Nets basketball arena and real estate complex yesterday as a coalition of residents argued that 1,000 people would be out of a home if the development goes ahead as planned. Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James and others argue that the original number (100) of homes to be razed was grossly underestimated by developer Bruce Ratner and his associates. There is also some question as to whether or not the plan can really bring the kind of economic growth it claims. It's a tough call, because while driving 1,000 out of their homes due to a basketball arena is bad, the same might be said for the gentrification of some Brooklyn neighborhoods, driving out lower income people and businesses for bobos and yuppies and their boutiques.
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