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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/23/2013 6:26:45 PM
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Re: Another example
"In Brazil we have 11 ministers, and the first four votes have been favorable to the law. 7 more to vote in next sessions."

Please do keep us posted on this one, germanopjneto. I am skeptical that this could really work out, but it would certainly be beneficial for the public if it did.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/23/2013 4:10:18 PM
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Re: London Airport
Thanks for a fantastic and thorough reply, Flanagan! I am with you 100% on Penn Station. I used to travel through there daily as well and it was truly miserable. I'm so grateful those days are over. But what you say about tourists' first experience of New York is so true, and all the more reason that this reconstruction is a must. Thanks for the fascinating info on LGA. Given how inefficiently it runs under normal circumstances, I think I'll just avoid it totally while it's under construction!

Flanagan55
Flanagan55  
12/23/2013 11:39:04 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: London Airport
I agree that LGA is pretty miserable....I actually sat in on a meeting a couple weeks ago for the redevelopment of LGA's Central Terminal Building into a more modern, spacious facility to accomodate increased passengers. It's called the Central Terminal Building (CTB) Revdelopment Plan and has been signed off and agreed to, in parts already underway. Right now, the airport runs at max capacity and is the busiest airport in the world, per acerage. (24 Million Passngers in 2011) The airport's footprint is tiny and unlike Newark or JFK, there is virtually no space to expand. The LGA case is really interesting in that its one of the first times the PA has invested into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Utilizing the private sector spending power, the terminal's redevleopment will be mostly funded and planned for by the private sector, while the PA will reconstruct the infrastructure surrounding it. The project will also be one that will be ongoing WHILE the airport is in service. They are essentially reconstructing an airport, ontop of and integrated with, an active airport that is one of the busiest in the world...all at once. Not getting too off-track, to answer your question, yes, I believe that LGA can be refurbished and it's actually taking place as we speak. If it can be done at the 680 acre LGA site, it can be done virtually anywhere. You can read more here: http://www.panynj.gov/business-opportunities/pdf/project-briefing-book.pdf

I am also ironically finishing up reading "Conquering Gotham" which is the story of the PRR's tunneling into NYC and the construction of Penn Station. Well worth the read for anyone interested. My take on Penn moving over to the Post Office Building or future "Moynihan Station" is a great thing. The Post Office building was actually made to aesthically mimic Penn Station across the street, and has some historical ties to the building that was tragically torn down. I used to commute through Penn everyday, and, quite frankly, it was nothing short of miserable. Cramped, confusing, hidden, claustrophobic, underwhelming, hot, etc etc all come to mind. One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in NYC was replaced by a modernist-bland tower and arena, shoving Penn Station below ground, invisible to the surrounding space. It really is an atrocity and moving the station across the street, to a building more suited for that function, is great. Penn Station shouldn't be a place where the masses are herded through as fast as possible, it should be the entry into New York, one that should be celebrated and empowering. For any foreigner or tourist that flies into Newark and takes NJ Transit into Penn...their first NY experience is truly a let down. I hope that new station will evoke connections to the original and give midtown the station and desintation it deserves. Like LGA, the project will be very difficult in that the train lines will be active and need to be built around, complicating construction.

All very fascinating stuff....at least to me! haha

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/23/2013 11:22:27 AM
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Re: Another example
Hazel, I'm with you, I think this would be an excellent move -- I just don't know that it's likely to happen. But if it did, it would set a fantastic example for other countries.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/23/2013 11:13:21 AM
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Re: London Airport
Flanagan: As you clearly highlight, it's a difficult debate. I'm curious to get your perspective on LaGuardia (which I agree is absolutely miserable) -- do you think it can be refurbished, or would it be better for all to start again?

Also, keeping in mind your take as an environmental planner, I'm also wondering what you feel about a new Penn Station being built... to me Penn Station and LaGuardia feel like they suffer from similar problems.

Flanagan55
Flanagan55  
12/23/2013 9:58:30 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: London Airport
The Environmental Planner in me will also choose to expand current infrastructure to max-capacity before choosing to develop a separate facility somewhere else. That said, having to travel through LaGuardia in NYC, I understand how frustrating congested airports can be. Moreover, I think there is a certain level of importance to making airport facilities new, modern and attractive so that cities can continue to compete on a global market.

Hazel
Hazel  
12/23/2013 3:43:27 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Another example
I'm all for this. I wish they would implement something like this in my country too. Corruption is so rampant and some politicians don't even bother to hide it anymore. It's a huge shame.

Hazel
Hazel  
12/23/2013 3:41:12 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Detroit's Money Blues
It's an extremely difficult position to be in. So I really feel the pain and difficulty behind that and every decision that they might have to make from this point onwards. Going to be a tough holidays.

richheap
richheap  
12/21/2013 12:42:04 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: London Airport
Indeed sunshine. Let's not forget this part of London has managed to attract huge funding from Dubai for the London Gateway project. Having said that, I still favour Heathrow expansion although, if they have to close part of the M25 while work is happening, it will make visiting my family in west London a lot trickier. Though we'll probably have moved elsewhere by the time work starts...

Which proposal do you favour? Or are you against airport expansion?

sunshine
sunshine  
12/20/2013 5:14:22 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: London Airport
The proposal for the Thames Estuary Airport supported by Boris, may be in the water but  it's not 'dead in the water' ..... The proponents have been given more time to develop the proposal. All he has to do is find the money .... which, despite the huge cost, may not be impossible given the vast amount of money swilling about at the highest level.

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