He likes to bring up Central Park, pointing out that nobody lounging in Manhattan's gem today cares whether it was finished on time or on budget a century ago.
"I don't know what the IBO studies would have shown back when they tried to establish the value of Central Park or Prospect Park or anything else," he said last year. "These are the kinds of projects you have to do because without that, we don't have a future."
Don't worry about the time, says Ratner. Don't worry about the money, says Bloomberg. So what about the space?