Thursday, May 24, 2007

Underground RR Consultants Tried to Pull (Another) Fast One

It seems that the consultants --AKRF -- who determined that there were no links to the Underground Railroad at several houses on Duffield Street and vicinity (without even bothering to hire an archaeologist) were caught in flagrante delicto with the city's Economic Development corporation.

In this latest twist, Brownstoner reports that AKRF claimed that the New York State Historic Preservation Office had ruled that the houses were not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, when in fact the Office had never been asked to make determination. City Council Member Letitia James blew AKRF's cover, Brownstoner says.

Earlier this month, City Council Menbers slammed AKRF's report. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, Councilman Charles Barron said, “For you to get paid a half a million to conclude what the EDC wanted you to conclude, I think that is despicable."

Past posts on this subject here.

Photo by MK Metz

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