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Midtown East: A Chance to Get It Right

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stotheco
stotheco  
11/17/2013 11:53:35 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Density Mania
Exactly what I was thinking, Mary. Perhaps a spell that works like a gag of sorts is also in order.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/15/2013 5:21:10 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Density Mania
Ha! Absolutely a good use!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/15/2013 2:18:03 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Density Mania
You're writing from Toronto, right, Marden? ;>

Marden
Marden  
11/15/2013 1:38:18 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Density Mania
An invisibility cloak would probably be a good idea for our Mayor these days.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/15/2013 1:18:01 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Density Mania
Hi Marden. Thanks for your input. Thanks also for the info on invisibility cloaks! Now you have me wondering where else we could deploy such a thing around our cities.

Right you are about tall buildings. That's why I particularly appreciate the push from the Municipal Art Society for improvements to the public realm.

I'm grateful that this plan has been halted because if this isn't properly considered then it could do real damage to the area.

Marden
Marden  
11/15/2013 12:32:46 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Density Mania
At the limit, density overwhelms humans. It's already dark, noisy and chaotic trying to enter Grand Central at the south end. Bigger buildings, notwithstanding the mess during construction, don't automatically create a better space. I'd like for there to be greater setbacks from the street and fewer buildings out of scale with Grand Central. Had I a few billion dollars to disperse, I would correct the Met Life (Pan Am) problem with an invisibility cloak (http://news.utoronto.ca/invisibility-cloak-actually-works) or remove it altogether.

The rationale for more density to make New York more like Shanghai or London instead of being a better place to live/work, is misdirected.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/15/2013 11:45:00 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Good on Bill
Yes, I absolutely agree this needs to be revised and that we now have a chance to get it right. I just hope that this doesn't get bogged down by debates between special interests groups, and the like. The thing about Mayor Bloomberg is that, because of his being a multi-billionaire, he didn't ever have to really concede to lobbies or hold up plans for fear of making politically unpopular decisions. I hope that Bill de Blasio has the courage to push through a plan that really makes sense for the city and doesn't keep the pause button pushed on this plan for too long once he's in office.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/15/2013 10:56:37 AM
User Rank Staff
Good on Bill
A revised plan sounds like a great idea, and Nicole, your suggestions are well taken. Something that shifts the structure of NYC in any way, like this project or the NY Public Library plan, deserves the very best focus and expert planning. In NYC, talent isn't rare, so I'm hopeful we'll see some compelling suggestions.

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