Monthly Archives: April 2005

Signs of Gentrification?

Cyclists who will participate in the annual Five Borough Bike Tour tomorrow will ride past the Ennis Francis Houses at 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue), between 123rd and 124th Streets in Harlem. This is a 231-unit, 11-story … Continue reading

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Above and Below Second Avenue

The Times had a story on April 27 that offered a pessimistic outlook about the construction of the $3.8 billion first leg of the Second Avenue Subway, which will operate between 63rd and 96th Streets in Upper East Side, which … Continue reading

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"Permanently Closed" Gate Remains Wide Open

The New York City Departments of Transportation and Parks & Recreation announced last Nov. 21 that they were closing to automobile traffic four entrances to Central Park — the ones at West 77th Street, West 90th Street, East 90th Street … Continue reading

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You Want to Do What?

A startsandfits.com reader e-mails in with an article that says the Arizona House of Representatives is considering legislation to reimburse motorists’ summer gasoline expenses at the rate of 10 cents a gallon. Despite their image as fiscally conservative, state Republicans … Continue reading

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Cities, Skyscrapers and Energy

In the Oct. 18, 2004, issue of the New Yorker, David Owen published “Green Manhattan,” the most sensible article about the environment that I’ve seen in a long time. Using the communities where he has lived as case studies, he … Continue reading

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A Lose-Lose Proposition for the Automakers

As everybody who follows the global financial markets knows by now, Goldman Sachs issued a report last week that said oil prices would be entering a years-long period marked by a “super spike,” of high prices that could reach $105 … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Rebuild a City

Here a project that exemplifies the best execution of infill development and affordable housing production that I have seen. At West 120th Street and Mount Morris Park West, a row of nine brownstones built in 1891 and 1893 was allowed … Continue reading

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Hamilton Place Revisited

Something is happening at Hancock Place. The exact spot that I suggested should be turned into a greatly expanded sidewalk is filled with construction equipment, as seen above. It’s unclear what is happening there. A city project planned to be … Continue reading

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