Which is denser: New York or Los Angeles? Your intuitions are correct. New Yorkers live in neighborhoods with much higher density than do Angelenos. But its not obvious how this conclusion is reached, and there's plenty of confusion going around about measuring density. Where you draw the lines on the map can have a significant impact on the results you get.... Read On
This article highlights an interesting real estate trend. We all know that this is a time of rising income inequality. The rich tend to live in different neighborhoods and in different housing structures than the poor but this article discusses the fact that changes in the tax code have provided developers with strong incentives to provide "affordable housing" units for middle class people even in very fancy buildings. ... Read On
August is a typical lull in the amphetaminized 24-hour news cycle. People go on vacation, Congress adjourns to their vacation homes in Maine, and big media outlets squeeze stories out of stone and wear the tread out of international intrigue until the events lose traction. Things stateside were typically subdued in the waning days of summer-that is until Irene came around. ...
Many of the world's great public spaces may be programmed in many different ways, to serve many different purposes. While bicycling through Times Square late last night, I noticed three orb-like seating areas dropped into the plaza. ... Read On
I had some errands to run on Friday evening before Hurricane Irene arrived, and as walked down Broadway in Soho, business owners were hard at work boarding up their windows. After a dinner in Chinatown, I hopped on the 4 train for what would be my last subway ride until Monday afternoon. ... Read On
The New York Daily News reports on Professor Mark Naison of Fordham's alternative ego, "Notorious PhD," and his rap about the potential challenge of gentrification in the Bronx, which he did at new student orientation this past week, in "'Notorious PhD', aka Fordham professor Mark Naison, raps against gentrification in Bronx." I think the issue is displacement and change, and the term "gentrification" doesn't fully encompass the nuances and implications of what is happening.. ... Read On
On the one hand, New Urbanists say that cities should have minimal impact on their natural surroundings, while on the other hand world-class designs are defined by unconventional schemes that strive to minimize the use of non-renewables. It seems, then, the twenty-first century building is a machine designed to rationalize its inputs while maintaining high function. But the agreement between the two groups ends there. ... Read On
As with all things MTA, the system shutdown was not without controversy, and over the next few days, as our commutes slowly return to something resembling normalcy, we'll hear a lot about the appropriateness of the response in light of the forecast. No one will ever be happy with the state's and MTA's reactions, but after December's blizzard left trains stranded in snow drifts, the authority, by and large, made the right call this weekend. ... Read On