It's Election Day in the US, which means it's time to vote new mayors into office in several American cities, including New York.
As a fan of much of the work Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done for this city over the past 12 years, I went out to the polls this morning feeling a bit concerned for the fate of NYC. In many ways, we're on the right path when it comes to planning for resiliency, sustainable transportation, green spaces, new housing models, and more.
Of course, Bloomberg isn't perfect, and there's a reason our cities aren't governed by monarchs. A new mayor could, indeed, continue with some of the more successful Bloomberg-era policies and bring new vision to areas where he hasn't succeeded -- education, for example.
In the end, the New York race has come down to two candidates -- Joe Lhota (Republican); and Bill de Blasio (Democrat). It's almost certain that de Blasio will win, according to polls leading up to the election. But keeping both candidates in mind, let's have a look at seven things that are "at-risk" in the post-Bloomberg era (note: Some of these, we think, would be good changes; others, not.). Click the photo below to begin the slideshow:
Regardless of today's outcome, Central Park's horse-drawn carriages may be on their way out. While Mayor Bloomberg has fiercely defended the $15 million per year industry, both Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio say they would do away with them (and not a moment too soon, IMO).
Nevertheless, not content to rid the city of this nostalgic pastime altogether, Lhota would see them replaced with motorized carriages; and de Blasio supports the idea of replacing them with old-timey mechanical vehicles.
(Photo credit: jen-the-librarian via Flickr.)
— Nicole Ferraro, , Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities