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mejiac
mejiac  
12/24/2013 10:19:45 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Wonderful news
@DigitalDruid,

In sync with your comment, this is the type of collaboration that makes a difference. By taken the experience of running a word class city, and taking that knowledge to help other cities is really something to cheer at.

I really do hope this grows into something that makes a difference at a global scale, since your taking hand on experience and making it available to anyone that wants it.

 

KUDOS!!

Hazel
Hazel  
12/23/2013 4:30:05 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Wonderful news
I agree. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It's a huge undertaking, but I personally would love to see this take off. Now even invisible walls are taken down. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/22/2013 2:54:35 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Kate Levin
I loved the Kate Levin interview, piratejulie. I'm glad she's going to continue to work with Bloomberg. Tourists in NYC are a wonderful asset -- native New Yorkers need to remember that (it's too easy to complain about the hordes of tourists, particularly this time of year!). 

piratejulie
piratejulie  
12/20/2013 1:20:35 PM
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Kate Levin
The Kate Levin interview was quite enjoyable.  She makes reference to being a Public Servant which is unusual in general but especially in an Arts context.

Levin noted that nearly half of NYC's tourists visit Cultural sites, spend the most money and are more inclined to have an explorative mindset! 

She seems to be a very wise choice by Mayor Bloomberg in his post-Mayoral venture.

DigitalDruid
DigitalDruid  
12/18/2013 6:21:10 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Wonderful news
Nicole: Exactly...our megapolitan areas of all sizes need to collaborate more and better.  All the challenges of the 21st Century are things that do not respect artificial boundaries (dotted lines on maps).

A rising tide lifts all boats...

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 4:56:48 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Wonderful news
DigitalDruid, your comment reminded me of a video we shot with Ben Hecht, CEO of Living Cities, where he talked about the Living Cities model which is essentially "collaboration is the new competition." In other words, what he was saying is that US cities need to collaborate and band together in order for the nation as a whole to be competitive. I think this speaks to your point about smaller cities not being able to go it alone and needing to share resources -- specifically IT resources, in your example.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/18/2013 11:53:35 AM
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Re: From the High Line to...
Good word.  Will check out this video, too.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 11:49:59 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: From the High Line to...
hfreeman: I think you'd get along pretty well with Manny Diaz based on that comment! Last time I heard him speak, he was talking about how to talk about green... and the need to demonstrate that it's better for developers' bottom line; rather than demonstrating that we must go green or all the polar bears will die. Yes, it all comes down to money; and in the long run, green does save. In the short term, of course, like any important investment, it's more expensive. 

By the way, just today we published this video from Abby Hall with the US EPA discussing the benefits of green infrastructure... Abby talks about different types of green infrastructure and how incorporating green elements throughout the city solves many problems.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/18/2013 11:44:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: From the High Line to...
I'll check out the series, Nicole.

I must confess my skepticism at cities *planning* around green infrastructure as opposed to incorporating it as able, but I'm open to coaching/correcting.

I'm personally in favor of it, like I'm in favor of organic food.  But isn't it generally more expensive than the alternatives? (Not being rhetorical.)  I think NYC has done what it's done since 1811 and the grid and more recently offered developers tax incentives for green aspects of their building (like an abatement for a green roof), but it seems that the greening aspect isn't the leading edge; it's the economics that is. Help me here...

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 11:33:19 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: From the High Line to...
Good thinking, hfreeman. I was also pondering whether Manny Diaz, former mayor of Miami, would be a good addition here. He and Bloomberg are friends and work together often, and Bloomberg wrote the forward for Manny's book.

We did a video series with Manny last year, if you're curious to learn more about his efforts; but he's a no-nonsense leader who gets things done, and he understands how to talk about and sell developers et al. on resilience plans and green infrastructure.

 

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