Walking Tour: Downtown: Planning and Preservation

Not since the 1960s has there been so much focus on developing Downtown. Then, as now, the challenge is preserving its historic fabric. The tour will focus on landmarking and redevelopment in the area around the transportation center of the Fulton/Nassau Street corridor, including recent losses and compromises. The tour will include the Corbin Building, early works of DeLemos and Cordes, plus some interesting cast-iron buildings. Bring a MetroCard. Leader: Joe Svehlak, urban preservationist.


Today’s Headlines

Walder: Next Fare Hike Coming in January 2011; Expect a Big One (News, SAS) City Renews Push for 10th Ave Station on 7 Line Extension (Post, NY1) Are We on the Path to Building "Bicycle Highways"? (Slate) Department of Health: NYC Kids Are Safer Thanks to Transit (Transpo Nation) Downtown Express: Waiting Longer for the […]

Vehicle City

Foreign correspondence from Ethan Kent at Project for Public Spaces: I was working in Flint, Michigan the first part of this week. Remarkably, for a city that was planned for everything but people, there are still some great people working to create a genuine "Steets Rennaissance." Flint originally built itself around the car and, after […]

The Lifeless Reality of Urban Casinos

Casinos are on the verge of becoming a standard feature of the American city. Perhaps you’ve heard of Pittsburgh’s shiny Rivers Casino or Detroit’s bankrupt Greektown Casino. In Ohio, a ballot measure just opened the door to casinos in four cities. Setting aside the question of whether huge gambling facilities are a healthy presence in cities, is it […]

T.O.D. in Brooklyn: Turning Parking Lots into Housing

Some reading ahead of tomorrow’s big Transit-Oriented Development forum at NYU… Public attention is focused on Atlantic Yards and condo towers under construction or planned from DUMBO to Long Island City, but the Brooklyn real estate boom is having subtler but equally profound effects on neighborhoods just outside the radar, and these changes are tremendously beneficial from a regional planning perspective. […]