Lecture: The Politics of Urban Beauty: New York and Its Art Commission

Who keeps the City beautiful? Who decides what the municipal built environment should look like, what belongs where, and what the city’s public realm should mean? This lecture illuminates these issues through examination of the activities of the Art Commission of the City of New York — the city’s official design review board — past and present.

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Lecture: New York City’s Renewable Energy Future

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A lecture by Tria Case of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College. This is part of the CUNY Climate Change Science Lecture Series and Exhibition on Governors Island. CUNY is proud to present its second annual science lecture series and science exhibition on Governors Island. The exhibition will be open to the […]

Pricing Panel Appointees Announced

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From NYC.gov. Bios of the members after the jump. Mayor Michael Bloomberg today joined Governor Eliot Spitzer, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to announce appointments to the New York City Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission established […]

Revenge of the Free Riders

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From Transportation Alternatives’ Spring 2008 magazine: The biggest hurdle congestion pricing faced was the simple fact that the people required to enact the legislation were the ones who stood to pay the most because of it. On Monday, April 7, Sheldon Silver walked out of a closed door meeting of State Assembly Democrats and announced […]

Planners Tackle Big Questions About How to Shape NYC Development

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New York City’s unpassed 1969 comprehensive plan. Photo: Historic Districts Council Though the Charter Revision Commission looks likely to take a pass at reforming the city’s land use process this year, the door will remain open in the years to come to tackle the complex and controversial issues that surround planning and development in New […]

Big Builders Explain Why Congestion Pricing is Important

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In a letter to Marc Shaw, Chairman of the New York City Traffic Mitigation Commission, the New York Building Congress urged the Commission to support a congestion pricing plan that dedicates all revenues to capital improvements for the city’s transit system. The NYBC also indicated their support for the MTA’s propsed fare hike "as merely […]