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Glimpse: Fulton Center

“Glimpse” is a new PYC series for on-the-go readers interested in concise, image-laden posts… The well-lit Fulton Center will be completely opened within the next few months, but I was granted access to the construction site in late August, in the company of Daniel Peterson, PE, who came up with the floor plan for the Fulton Center. […]

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The renovation of De Grauwzusters, a former monastery now used by the University of Antwerp, is a recent result of an open RFP competition. Source: http://www.lav-a.eu/

Flemish Government Architect’s Office Abolished

As austerity measures sweep across the European continent, the freshly installed Flemish government abolished the position of Vlaams Bouwmeester, or Flemish Government Architect, last month. This news follows after the City of Antwerp had abolished the position of Stadsbouwmeester, or City Architect last year. Though it is difficult to translate this job title, the Vlaams […]

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Glimpse: NYC Harbor

“Glimpse” is a new PYC series for on-the-go readers interested in concise, image-laden posts… Water is NYC’s 6th borough. Our water defines our social, economic, political, environmental, and physical infrastructures. Think about it: NYC would definitely not be NYC without our islands of density and diversity, interconnected by world famous structures, and interconnected to the world by […]

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Creative Class Controvery

What happens when a university, which emphasizes active citizenship and creativity, ironically destroys creative space behind closed doors? It’s not the same as when a university takes over a transportation hub, or when a university takes over a neighborhood — be it in Boston or New York. No, this is a catch-22 expansion into the domain […]

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The Pinnacle@Duxton, via ctbuh.org

Is the Singapore Housing Model Right for New York City?

  Singapore is often touted as being an exorbitantly expensive place to live. It’s so recognizably pricey in fact, that the small city-state recently snatched first place in 2014’s list of Most Expensive Cities in the world. But as the Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times points out, perhaps this global Cost of Living exercise is […]

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An Urban Green District – Jackson Heights

When perusing the internet, I stumbled upon the Ecovillage Ithaca a while ago. As a planner and as a New Yorker who has yet to suffer through another putrid summer in the city, I was mesmerized. Of course I could see myself sitting on the porch of my high-energy efficiency house, after a long day’s […]

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Water in the City

In case anyone missed it, San Francisco banned water bottles smaller than 21 ounces from City-owned property in the spring, which is pretty amazing. New York City, in spite of the previous Mayor’s attacks on more sugary drinks, has not gone so far, but has been using more of a carrot approach to try to […]

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Very Important Maps

I have been a terrible blogger of late. Consider this an apology. And a celebration of maps.

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State of the Chains Report 2013, Center for an Urban Future

Downtown Brooklyn Chain Store Surge

DNA Info recently reported that there is a chain store “surge” going on in Downtown Brooklyn. Based on a 2013  report by Center for an Urban Future, national chain stores such as H&M, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and Sephora are making beachheads in places such as the Fulton Mall.     Overall, Brooklyn saw the […]

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1938 Brooklyn Redline map

Brooklyn’s 1938 “Redline” Map

During the middle of the 20th-century, America’s urban cores were being gutted through fiscal attrition: tax dollars were being sent, for the first time, out and away from cities to subsidize suburban expansion. At the same time, private financial institutions were pulling their funding away from urban home-buyers, business owners and those wishing to refinance […]

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