The New Urbanist


Meanwhile, New York faces a capacity problem. The city is expected to add one million residents over the next few decades, and river crossings—a key barrier separating where people live from where they work—are increasingly nearing capacity. Economically, the city can’t support construction that costs more than $2 billion per mile and takes a decade to build out a mere two of them. And New Yorkers are facing a future where political inaction could prevent badly needed subway expansion projects from seeing the light of day.  
As a knee-jerk reaction to the issues, leaders have begun to think small. They propose ferries, with ridership that tops a few hundred per day, as opposed to a few hundred thousand per day for a full-length Second Avenue subway. They urge bus rapid transit as a lower-cost option, without discussing how lower costs inevitably lead to lower capacity. Only subway lines can sustain New York’s projected growth, but New York can’t sustain multi-billion-dollar subway lines. 

-NYC Can’t Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can’t Afford Not To
[Image: MTA]

The woman in the blue coat approached me by the United Nations building yesterday, and said: ‘There is an interesting man around the corner that you should photograph. I don’t know his name, but everyday he stands directly across from the UN, and says ‘God Bless You’ to everyone who walks past. I’ve always sort of viewed him as the conscience of the world.’'Let's go together,' I said, and she agreed to bring me to where he was standing. When we finally found the man, I asked for his photo, and he cheerfully agreed. But he pointed at a nearby wall:"Let’s take the photo under that scripture," he said.


If you ever get down on yourself, just remember that there are people out there who think brutalist architecture is a good thing. 


July 9: I find that there is an effortless chicness to the design of the citibike. Everyone genuinely looks cool riding one.
(Rachel Garbade)

The equity argument, very much de rigeur among planners these days, may be the most powerful. From San Francisco to New York to Paris, booming cities are staggeringly unaffordable. More attention to a diversity of housing types, and a little less concentration, may create places for average folk. “I don’t mean to sound all de Blasio,” he says, referring to New York’s equity-minded new mayor, “but there’s a little bit of that.”

-Why the ‘Garden City’ Is Making an Unlikely Comeback
[Image: Robert A.M. Stern]
via thisiscitylab:

There should be no new developments based on these principles. There should be a lot of redevelopment and fixing car-dependable areas to these principles. Fix the existing before building anew.

Giorgio Grassi
Groningen Library


'…the urban fabric consists of elements that alter at different rates. The buildings change very slowly. They form static structures that are able to survive several eras, uses and trends. Buildings are slow and constitute the solid material of the city.'

from the website of Rotterdam architects Monadnock

The Scholastic Building, SoHo, NYC - Aldo Rossi
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