There are very many out there who want development to happen their way or the highway. The amusement enthusiasts in Coney only want things done their way. Very similar to the opposition in Atlantic Yards. This is not how development works. It has always followed a pattern of give and take and compromise.
Change in Brooklyn is inevitable and very much needed for places like Coney and Atlantic Yards to happen. And they will happen. In the end nobody remembers the fighting, and nobody remembers how long it took. All that is remembered is that the development happened.
Does anybody remember the extreme opposition to Times Square and Metrotech development? Absolutely not. Ratner himself has stated Metrotech was much harder for him to get through the development process than Atlantic Yards. All people remember is that development happened.
The amusement enthusiasts hate Thor much like the Atlantic Yards opposition hate Ratner. Meanwhile Ratner came to a very equitable deal and The Nets are coming to Brooklyn. And Thor and the city came to a very equitable deal and the Coney land was zoned half outdoor amusement and half hotels, restaurants and indoor entertainment.
Change happens and is very needed.