A followup on the SimpleTwig article ‘Time, Not Distance, Determines Development of Cities‘ we need to take a moment to review the existing density of New York City, as an example to show that people reside in the area that physically puts them closer to where they work, in this case Manhattan. While this is probably obvious to most, one can not assume everyone understands the organic growth of cities.
While it would be nice for everyone to live and fit in Manhattan, or for that matter in a location that has a view of it’s beautiful skyline, it isn’t always possible given the cost of property, and, the lack of availability of housing stock. This means, with an ever growing population, alternatives must be addressed.
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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.
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It isn’t enough to talk about buildings, or streetscapes, or general urban planning directions to achieve success. One has to understand that it is imperative to provide opportunity and positive attitudes in Newburgh in order to attract ‘new money’ and investment in the community, ideally translating into new residents who can help sustain the economic minimums for individual households and thus result in new sales and property tax income for the city. Without a change of attitude especially with regards to violent crime including burglary (which undermines a sense of security) people will not feel safe and thus will not risk their own lives to live in Newburgh. This isn’t to say Newburgh isn’t filled with so many wonderful people, festivals, events and even a symphony. It’s to say that the urbanism of the CBD is clearly suffering and needs the kind of focus to make the kind of change happen that will help those who feel stuck in what is sometimes referred to the Newburgh slums. References to ‘slums’ must stop, and those who use the term should be informed to understand how it is doing more harm to families living in those communities than doing good for the sense of ‘coolness’.
This townhouse renovation project in Brooklyn, NY is for a young couple with a need to secure their financial future, and, start a family. With this in mind, SimpleTwig suggested creating two rental apartments in addition to their Owner occupied unit. This would allow them to maximize extra income into their savings, giving them the option of combining units in the future when their family expanded.
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Every building code is designed to keep people safe and improve their lives, but often the code imposes a negative impact on the potential quality of a place.
Continue reading “The Dark Side of the Building Code”
It was my first job in New York City and I was working for a firm I thought of as world-wide famous, Philip Johnson and John Burgee Architects…
Continue reading “FlashBack Friday #2: 1989”
- 1) “I was told by the city I have to submit plans to get a work permit before my construction can start. What a hassle. My cousin drew up a sketch, why can’t we use that?”
Continue reading “Top 5 Reasons I (reluctantly) Hired An Architect…”
1) The Architect will design something that is hoity-toity fancy.
Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons people do NOT hire an Architect…”
If you’re living in the big city, there’s a good chance you’ve seen rats running around, and there are good ways to keep these pests, mice and other insects out of your home and yard…
Continue reading “[practical] Rats, keeping them at bay…”
Brooklyn, a ‘city’ onto itself. But has it really matured the way one would hope? For every decision that is made in the building of a city, those who inhabit that city can enjoy or endure the results. Let us take a quick compare and contrast of Brooklyn in relationship to Boston’s South End.
Continue reading “[urban design] Is Brooklyn dead? Creating better cities.”