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Urban Priorities 2014

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Monday, December 23, 2013 00:00 EST

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Venks
Venks  
2/24/2014 7:51:15 PM
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City IT
Investing in city IT is one thing that I feel is common man (read as public) doesn't have any control on. Its the city officials who will decide upon the various tax regimes to various companies whether to allow them or not.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/7/2014 6:09:45 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Infrastructure?
This one could fall under infrastructure. My number one wish as a NYC resident is cleaner streets. It is a very tall task. I am extremely frustrated by the mountains of trashes, in kitchen bag sized bags, no matter where you go. It is a big enough issue to make me move away. 

Audrey Fischer
Audrey Fischer  
1/3/2014 12:13:50 PM
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Re: Restore starlight over cities.
Thanks Peter.  Turns out that 80% of light pollution comes from poorly chosen street and highway lighting.  This should be an easy fix for cities who have a goal to become green.  No city is green unless it has blue day ...and starry night skies.
Somewhere, municipalities have gotten the misconception that LED lighting is the "Great Promise"... while LEDs actually have the capacity to double and even triple light pollution, because of the high blue spectrum of bright white light-- which is efficient but very harmful when used outdoors at night, and the basic temptation to overuse-to-sheer-abuse LEDs in new ways because it is so cheap to do so. 
 
There is more to good environmental policy than efficiency.  Municipalities need to recognize the need for balance.
 
LEED buildings that throw off light pollution ought to have their plugs pulled.
 
cheers+stars, Audrey

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 11:12:06 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
That's heartening to me, too, @Nicole. I look forward to a comparison later!

Interesting too to see that job growth is no longer top of mind.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/2/2014 10:52:32 AM
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Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
Thanks for the reference to last year's poll, Mary. We'll keep this one going a bit longer, but it's really interesting to see how much the vote for green initiatives has gone up since last year.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 10:10:08 AM
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Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
Actually, gun control was a lower priority in a similar poll we did last year as well, @PeterJ, though it seems to have sunk a wee bit lower yet this year. Tough to tell why that is.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/31/2013 1:32:28 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Restore starlight over cities.
Audrey, you make good points here, especially around the light pollution in our cities. We can be "efficient" but not attentive to other important aspects of promoting healthy living environments. I just heard on the news today that US electrical consumption decrreased for the third year in a row. They were touting lower consumption of electronic devices, televisions, and  air conditioners in the report.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/31/2013 1:27:02 PM
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Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
I'm wondering where attention to gun control polled a year agao, after the Newtown, CT tragedy. It is good see Green initiatives at the level it is, and of course so many of us see the effects of poor infrastrucural/deferral of maintenance that it remains a high priority.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 10:23:10 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
So far, we seem to be tracking close to last year's results in a similar poll; but last year we did have the horrors of Sandy Hook Elementary still fresh in the collective memory. A year later, people may feel less confidence in gun control as a solution to crime, I don't know.

Interesting though to see IT fall so low both this year and last. How can green initiatives and new infrastructure be implemented without IT?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/30/2013 12:32:52 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Gun control as important as infrastructure?
Just to revisit this, I'm not surprised that gun control ended up falling way behind on this list of priorities -- but I am surprised that yet again IT is very last on this list (so far).

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