Mayor Bloomberg to Deliver Speech on PlaNYC

In a widely anticipated speech, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will release PlaNYC, the culmination of months of public meetings, feedback, and studies that have resulted in a set of proposed initiatives that will allow New York to meet the challenges faced as our population grows by nearly 1 million between now and 2030. PlaNYC will also allow us to meet the Mayor’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. The breadth and scope of the proposals have generated national and international press attention.

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Please note: This was an April Fool’s Day post… Planning commissioner Amanda Burden and NYCEDC chief Seth Pinsky joined Mayor Bloomberg this morning at City Planning HQ to preview a major announcement scheduled for Earth Day, the third anniversary of the official launch of PlaNYC 2030. The mayor indicated that the city is preparing to […]

PlaNYC Mastermind Rohit Aggarwala Leaving NYC

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Rohit Aggarwala (better known as Rit), the lead author of PlaNYC 2030 and director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, is leaving the post he created from scratch, the Bloomberg administration announced today. Aggarwala will be stepping down in June to join his soon-to-be wife in California. Aggarwala was tapped in 2006 […]

At Flushing Commons, NYCEDC’s Fuzzy Math Superceded PlaNYC Goals

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Yesterday, Streetsblog looked at Flushing Commons, a mixed-use development in the heart of transit-rich downtown Flushing, where the New York City Economic Development Corporation has mandated suburban levels of parking. We asked the EDC why they required nearly 1,600 spaces in the development, and now we have an answer. It’s a revealing look at how […]

New York Magazine Casts a Cynical Eye on “Bloomtopia”

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New York Magazine’s Chris Smith, who calls congestion pricing a trojan horse, suspects fewer cars and more trees may be a "green screen" for mayor Bloomberg’s real estate development agenda: Mayor Bloomberg’s Earth Day speech compiled 127 ideas for making the city more "sustainable" by 2030. But congestion pricing has dominated the conversation ever since. […]

Boston Endorses Parking Reform as Key Green Policy

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An illustration of how Boston will make its transportation system greener. Image: City of Boston "Folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet," Mayor Bloomberg told an Earth Day crowd yesterday. "The best and greenest days are yet to come." The PlaNYC update coming in 2011, he implied, would have a slew of new initiatives to make […]