Manhattan is a "playground" for wealth with an interest in keeping enough households to assure maintenance and basic services. It is called eighty-twenty. The building at 432 Park Avenue is its new beacon, sans the "twenty". All 104 condos are sold, including the penthouse at $95 million. The lower cost units started at $7 million. … Continue reading Midtown Eastside
Open Letter to the Art Students League Membership and The Resistance As the proposal stands now the ASL is turned into an artifact. It is being readied for placement in nothing more than photographs of where it once was. I have three ideas for addressing the problem faced by the membership of the ASL. Each … Continue reading ASL Building Doomed: 100 Years or Less
In thoughtful research reporting the requirement to sum up should become a responsibility of participation. In Skyscrapers and the World of Tomorrow posted to Planetizen on September, 1 2011 by editors Jeff Jamawat, Kris Fortin, Tim Halbur and Victor Negrete, the questions sought to define the place for very big buildings, but the article ends by … Continue reading One Bryant Park
The Re-Zoning Sherman Creek and Inwood The rezoning of the Sherman Creek waterfront and the core area of Inwood began at the behest of the Economic Development Corporation in 2001. It ended shortly tereafter. Details are found on the EDC website here and on the DCP website. The reasons for this particular initiative may be … Continue reading INWOOD: Just another zoning change…or is it?
Regulatory Taking and Columbia University Background In June 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote upheld the use of eminent domain by the city of New London, CT. (Kelo vs. City of New London) by saying economic development was a public purpose thereby giving government the authority to acquire property, affirming decades of … Continue reading Columbia’s Manhattanville