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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:10 am, Mon Mar 24, 2014.

The redevelopment of blighted Willets Point, next to Citi Field, took a big step forward Monday when the Borough Board approved selling more than 20 acres of land to the developers for all of $1.

We liked the idea of redeveloping the Iron Triangle at first, but the bait and switch the city pulled — letting a mall go up first and then maybe, eventually, the affordable housing Queens needs — was a bitter pill to swallow. We hope the housing gets built one day.

The board also heard Monday about the possibilities for the nearby State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair, a wondrous landmark. They range from tearing down the Tent of Tomorrow and the Observation Towers to repurposing them as a public attraction. We hope the city chooses the latter plan. It would be expensive, but seeing the pavilion decay is a terrible thing. And we might be able to afford the cost if we stop giving land away.

Welcome to the discussion.