As promised, here's a continuation of City planning pulling a fast one:
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is proud to launch the NYC Plaza Program. The new initiative will create or enhance an existing neighborhood plaza in every community in the City by transforming underused streets into compelling, accessible public spaces and walkable destinations. The Plaza Program is a key element of the City’s effort to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of quality open space.
Didn't this start out as all New Yorkers will have a public park within a 10-minute walk? And we already know what the city considers open space to be...
Through this innovative, new program, eligible nonprofit groups will apply to DOT to request a new public plaza. DOT will select the best proposals and will design and construct new plazas each year.
These Management Partners will eventually take on daily operation and management of the permanent public plazas, once they are built.
What they mean is: "The City is too cheap and lazy to do this, so we hope someone else will."
In addition to keeping the site clean, safe, and in good repair, the Partner will also be required to maintain insurance on the plaza...
Private organizations will be forced to insure public plazas designed by the City?
Well, I can't imagine what not-for-profit wouldn't want this responsibility!