Manhattan. CC image from sakeeb.
Breaking news! Last week, the New York Times reported that it is expensive to live in Manhattan. The Times frames the question through the lens of the middle class, asking what the definition means in the context of they city’s densest borough.
In a city like New York, where everything is
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Some links on the evolution of environmentalism and adaptation in the face of climate change:
The Anthropocene: Over at Time, Bryan Walsh has a piece on the rise of the Anthropocene Era - an acknowledgement of the human impact on the Earth. Walsh links to a Slate piece by Keith Kloor on the tension within the environmental movement
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Acela – CC image from wiki
Last month, the New York Times Magazine featured a story on the “Empire of the in-between,” the places along the tracks traveled by Amtrak’s Acela Express. Decaying post-industrial landscapes, battered and half-abandoned residential neighborhoods, and so on. The train serves as a metaphor for the changing nature of the
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Let’s take a trip up and down the Northeast Corridor and look at recent parking news. All three show some misunderstandings about parking, cities, and markets. Time for some Shoup reading assignments!
New York: Looking to discuss changes to the zoning code parking requirements in downtown Brooklyn, the New York Times comes
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A few items to share in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Hurricane Sandy from NASA GOES-13
Prediction: As the son of a meteorologist, I feel obligated to note that this storm was very well forecast. Given a broader critique of science on a number of fronts, the accuracy of the forecast and the warning it provided
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As seen during this week’s NACTO conference, hosted at NYU’s Kimmel Center:
I post this both as an homage to Lydia DePillis’ ‘pit stops’ series when she was writing Housing Complex, and to the pending doom of Hurricane Sandy advancing upon the Northeast. Let the panic commence.
(for actual NACTO coverage, check out summaries from the commissioners,
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Roosevelt Island Tram – CC image from The Eyes of New York
A couple of items that came across the internet about technology, innovation, the economy, and urban form:
Tech & the City
Nancy Scola pens a long piece in Next American City about the future of the technology industry in the city. The piece looks at
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Zoning notice from Burlington, VT – CC image from Don Shall
The ‘right’ density: In the process of putting this post together, I missed Ryan Avent’s piece in The Economist, mentioning some of the broader consequences of land use regulation constraints. It’s a great summary of some of the key issues regarding density, constraints to growth,
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One more round on density – this time focusing on affordability via the tangentially related prospect of innovative and creative economies.
Richard Florida chimed in at The Atlantic Cities, asking this:
Stop and think for a moment: What kind of environments spur new innovation, start-ups and high-tech industries? Can you name one
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Ryan Avent, writing at Architect Magazine, takes a look at the recently floated idea of putting a Redskins practice facility at Reservation 13 in DC. One of the reasons for the backlash against the idea was the opportunity cost of a metro-adjacent, develop-able site (a scarce enough commodity in DC) lying fallow for the purposes
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