Tag Archive: New York

  1. OneNYC Focuses on Equity

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently introduced OneNYC, an environmental plan with an emphasis on economic sustainability and addressing issues of income inequality. It is the nation’s largest urban poverty reduction effort, pledging to lift 800,000 residents out of poverty, reduce racial disparities in premature mortality, and create 500,000 housing units. (more…)

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  2. Addressing the Affordability Problem

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    The growing scarcity of affordable housing in many of the country’s real estate markets has reached a critical point. Wage growth in our recovering economy is not keeping pace with soaring housing prices, making it harder for families to find homes in metros experiencing the most job growth. Nationwide, a surplus of 300,000 affordable housing units has, in less than four decades, morphed into a multi-million unit deficit. One of the most persistent problems policymakers and advocates face is the relatively small pool of sustainable, long-term financing available to fund the production of affordable housing units. But new models are emerging, and a mix of market-based interventions coupled with zoning and land use tools hold the most promise for addressing the nation’s affordable housing problem. (more…)

  3. The Future of Urban Housing

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    Micro units and 3D printing may revolutionize the way we meet the housing needs for a growing population, with the potential for reduced production costs and increased affordability. But these emerging trends may also have far-reaching implications for urban land use and the construction industry. (more…)

  4. Whose Bridge is it Anyway?

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    People are driving less and using transit more. It’s been an ongoing trend, but with few exceptions, the automobile still reigns supreme in many parts of the U.S. Now, a growing – and increasingly vocal – minority of non-motorized road users are demanding safe access to local streets. While accommodating safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists on public streets seems like a no-brainer, recent fights over the shared use of our roadways show that sometimes it’s easier to share the road in theory than it is in practice. In many urban centers, the reality of scarce funding and over-taxed infrastructure is forcing the debate on how public assets should be shared. Take bridges for example. (more…)

  5. Brooklyn Navy Yard

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    Revitalizing the manufacturing sector in the U.S. is an important economic development strategy to create well-paying middle class jobs.  Cities throughout the United States are piloting ways to advance this goal.  New York City is developing this strategy through the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300 acre, city-owned industrial park along the Brooklyn waterfront.  At its peak, the Brooklyn Navy Yard produced warships for the U.S. Navy. Today, it houses 330 businesses in film, media, design, and cleantech sectors, and employs about 5,800 people. (more…)

  6. Adapting to the New Normal

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    After a drought-plagued summer and the recent havoc wrought by super storm Sandy, scientists, policymakers, and the public are looking for long-term strategies to minimize the damage caused by Mother Nature. Strictly speaking, there is not enough evidence to fault global warming for any one extreme weather event. However, scientists warn that as temperatures rise, we can expect to see these types of events occur with more frequency. (more…)

  7. LowLine Update

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    We talked about the LowLine’s Kickstarter campaign a few months back and we’ve got some updates to share. First, it looks like the campaign managed to raise enough cash to finance the creation of a small replica of the underground park in an abandoned warehouse. The plan calls for the use of new technologies that’ll help deliver sunlight from above ground to the subterranean park in sufficient quantities to allow for photosynthesis. Check out this CNN video for more details on the project.

  8. Cluster Science: New Approaches

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    So what can Los Angeles do to better nurture emerging industry sectors? Entrepreneur and investor Richard Hull offers some solutions that may be applicable. First, he suggests that LA appoint a “performance director” that would be responsible for coordination, communication, and making timely connections to accelerate the startup process. This would connect startups to “local incubators, experienced local entrepreneurs, investors and other local business startup resources.” (more…)