I wish NYC success is this endeavor and I hope it becomes a model of success for future cities to come. The storm disaster was was a tragedy and unfortunate indeed, but what better time to rebuild than from the ground up. Hopefully some good will come out of this. Good Luck!
Re: NYC's Gears Up for Green Greatness Hazel, thank you for the comment. I think other places are doing similar things, but the thing that marks out NYC is its score card and focus on measuring the progress. If you can't measure it you can't manage it, as Peter Drucker said.
Re: Changing reasons for city living thanks, Mary. Yes, and more than ever, our economies are built on collaborative experience... New York and London naturally provide that, but they both need to stay on the front foot as other places want that talent!
NYC's Gears Up for Green Greatness I like what NYC is planning to do with PlaNYC and credit should be given to where it is due: to the people who pushed for it and made it happen. Not everything has been deployed or rolled out and of course, this will take time. But this is a great initiative and it's one that other cities should try to implement in their own jurisdictions.
Changing reasons for city living It seems the reasons for living in a city have changed from needing to be near industrial and manufacturing operations to choosing to live in cultural enclaves where everything is handy and the energy is high. That's why I'm not surprised by your observation, Pat, that younger professionals coming to NYC want more than just an overcrowded subway ride to a lucrative job. Thanks for another great post!
Re: Great to hear Agree with all of your points, Pat. I may be in a minority (not sure, though) but I'd like to keep Bloomberg as NYC King for a few more terms! Can't he just change the law again? :) Nevertheless, I have a feeling the next mayor will continue to follow in his footsteps.
Re: Great to hear Thanks, Nicole. I think NYC is doing great stuff and the scale of the challenge is massive, but progress is swift through the efforts of Janette Sadik Khan and her team.
Copenhagen is great, but its city centre is a fraction of London and NYC so it is easier to make more comprehensive change. Also, so much of its business is out of the centre ( so in fact the CBD is not a CBD at all). Therefore cars are still much in evidence outside of the core central area.
In big cities like NYC you have to make small scale changes that join together over time to make a comprehensive improvement. Leys hope the next Mayor continues on Bloomberg's path.
Great to hear Pat - thank you for another thoughtful post. I really love hearing how NYC's efforts are being perceived from the perspective of a Londoner and other in-the-know Londoners. Reading this made me feel we really are on the right track.
I especially appreciated this post because you'd recently written about Copenhagen, as did I, where the efforts are truly laudable. What we're doing in NYC can't really compare to what they're doing, but the challenges differ, as does the population and city size, of course. I'm grateful NYC is on this path, and as we did post-9/11, we're going to need to wait and see how the city rebuilds, post-Sandy. I'm optimistic.
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