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Making Local Politics Marginally Less Dull (Updated)

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We commend Atlantic Yards Report for taking a portion of the transcript from last Saturday’s* environmental-impact hearing on the proposed development and presenting it as a dramatic text with “echoes of absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett.” Sample:

THE HEARING OFFICER: — this hearing is now closed.

A VOICE: So there will not be another public hearing —

(Audience participation.)

THE HEARING OFFICER: There will not be another —

(Audience participation.)

THE HEARING OFFICER: — public hearing.

A VOICE: When?

THE HEARING OFFICER: There will not be another public hearing.

A VOICE: There will not. So you are not allowing the public to speak at this public hearing.

(Audience participation.)

UPDATE. *By which we mean, two years ago, August 23, 2006, which means this dialogue is now a period piece.

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