Monthly Archives: February 2006

Activism Mini-Roundup

There is a lot of activism going on around town these days. Two upcoming events are noted on some of Starts & Fits’ favorite websites: Forward-looking Brooklynites are putting together a forum on Thursday that will focus on ways to … Continue reading

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s &#8230

I went up to Central Park West on Monday to complete a long-delayed project to photograph every building on that avenue for my friend Bob’s website. I got out of the subway at 70th Street and Central Park West and … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Add Up

Here is an ad posted in the window of Independence Community Bank at Gold Street and Maiden Lane in Downtown Manhattan. There are at least three interpretations to this ad, which is the product of a debt-ridden, automobile-dependent culture. First, … Continue reading

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Progress, Yes, But With a Twinge of Nostalgia

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a number of city officials broke ground on a three-building complex to rise on Urban Renewal Site 5B. This site takes up three quarters of the block bounded by … Continue reading

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Urban Density as an Environmentalist Mantra

The central idea that motivates this blog is that increased density and human activity in cities is the best way to promote a good environment and a more engaged and interconnected society. This density takes the form, not of a … Continue reading

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Raargh!

You can’t get very far off road in New York City — about a foot and a half or so. But Hummer drivers still like to try. It’s baffling that G.M. is still trying to sell these ridiculously oversized cars … Continue reading

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Quiz: Charging for On-Street Parking

Adam Millard-Ball, a planner and parking expert with Nelson\Nyggard, a consulting company from San Francisco, is giving a lecture on Monday night entitled: “Can NYC Solve Its Parking Problem?” It is at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, … Continue reading

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