Time, that is the time it takes to travel to a job, determines where people focus on in their search for a place to live. Thus a city like New York City has it’s own CBD (Central Business Districts) of Midtown and Downtown, with extensions on the upper East/West Sides and infill throughout, along with growing CBD developments along the river banks of the Hudson and East Rivers, especially with regards to Newark, NJ and Downtown Brooklyn, NY.
When it comes to choices for a residence, there is a curve of acceptable ‘time to commute’ for a particular job. Those on the outskirts of this curve might travel 2 or 3 hours each way, not because they want to but only as a necessary evil in their life to pursue their own interest and priorities. This is why the current commuter system fails, in that providing express service is just not enough to harness the potential of land just beyond the more acceptable half-hour commute, and why there needs to be ‘super express’ service to new core areas to help increase housing and opportunities while providing the ‘time connection’ people demand for their daily lives.
An important issue for many cities dealing with circumstances initiated by others in the past, like a blighted looking city filled with parking lot scars, etc. From my experience I’ve witnessed many cities do the wrong thing in order to encourage development. The point of this post is, if you do something, it could have a negative impact on your city, so make sure you do the right thing. Read more →
It’s long overdue, that is, the re-design of our urban fabric. What we have today stems from century old thinking and technology as well as the notion of building only what is required for today. Read more →
There will be a time when there will be a machine, itself larger than a section of a house, that will act like a self running factory. This machine will extrude a house who’s walls and floors are made of a synthetic new material. Read more →
I’m in the market to buy a new house and I’m looking all over Brooklyn to find the right combination of things that will protect my investment, yet the neighborhoods around where I live are very mixed, some are great and, expensive, Read more →
Based on the previous post, lets look at what defines a neighborhood. Certainly in most neighborhoods there is an implied center, perhaps a linear street filled with shops, that becomes the focus of people’s daily needs. Read more →
We’ve seen them, a few spectacular buildings sprinkled here and there like small buttons on a person’s outfit. That is, sometimes the outfit itself is fantastic and the buttons are highlights in the whole, like Rome, Read more →