From the Daily News:
Hundreds of incoming kindergartners are languishing on waiting lists citywide, casualties of a tanking economy, shifting demographics and a shortage of seats.
"I think it speaks to incredible negligence on part of the Education Department," said Ben Allison, whose daughter was waitlisted at Public School 3 and 41 in Greenwich Village.
"It's basic urban planning," he said. "Services have to be tied to the population."
We don't practice basic urban planning in this city, Ben. Amanda Burden and company would rather rezone neighborhoods to allow millions of units of condos but not require developers to include simple necessities like elementary schools. For that, we spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars to buy, remediate and construct on contaminated sites.