Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spending to be coordinated with growth

From Crains:

The city's capital spending will be more "thoughtful and coordinated" than it was under the Bloomberg administration to ensure that neighborhoods grow "rationally," City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod promised Thursday.

City agencies' capital budget requests are in and are being reviewed by the de Blasio administration through the lenses of "equity, growth, resiliency, sustainability and geographic coordination," Mr. Weisbrod added during a speech at a Citizens Budget Commission breakfast.

The idea is to accommodate the population growth that city planners will encourage in underutilized areas near mass transit. Capital spending will be coordinated with residential development so that any influx of residents does not strain schools, open space, sewers, the transportation network, libraries, the streetscape and other public infrastructure.

Does anyone truly believe this?


Missing Foundation said...

I do not know many people that think that growth is our most pressing problem.

How about political accountability and quality of life issues?

How about being worried about the people already living here than the emigrants / immigrants you want to move in?

Anonymous said...

"underutilized areas near mass transit" - such as !?

Anonymous said...

Reduce the population already!!!!

It's too crowded! There's too much over-development. There's way too much garbage! Mass transit is impossible!

Encourage people to leave instead of coming here! No more benefits for illegals!

Anonymous said...

"underutilized areas near mass transit"

Not underutilized to the people living there - once again an example of the arrogance of our elected officials to even permit someone to talk like this about the people that elected them to serve their needs and who pay their salary.

The typical politician, particularly the typical Queens politician is a piece of work - only those toadies that sing their praises are bigger scum.

Middle Villager said...

The governments idea of underutilized areas is anywhere there are 1 or 2_family houses. The City will not be satisfied until every inch of land is filled with big box residential buildings and we all get around on mass transit, bicycles or mopeds. This is progress? Sounds more to me like third world cities.

Anonymous said...

This is progress? Sounds more to me like third world cities.

Then get involved people!

Look how products of the thug culture can energize the country while economic or political mismanagement is ignored as we obsess over the Jets or food.

Anonymous said...

Underutilized areas near transit? Some lines could run more trains. West side IRT is full from the Bronx, not from Brooklyn, could run a couple more trains at peak from that end and the trains run are not full (they are from the Bronx). L could run a few more with power upgrades, longer trains with platform extensions (we've done it before) and even more trains if tail tracks or an extension are added to the Manhattan terminal. J can run more trains, existing ones aren't full. Some others too, mostly coming from Brooklyn I think. Some of the buildings near those lines are dilapidated, low density housing, low use industrial etc...cheaper to redevelop there, even with necessary transit upgrades, than build entire new lines and redevelop elsewhere. People want to come to NYC and that's driving up the cost of housing. Expand twice as fast as we have been if you want prices to stabilize or drop slightly.

Anonymous said...

Anon #7, not sure which lines you're referring to that are less congested. The 2,3,4,5 and L trains coming out of Brooklyn in the morning tend to be crowded. Expanding sounds good in theory, but we don't need to develop every square inch of this place. Nor do we need to have every train line jammed to capacity at every stop, at all hours of the day.

If the administration thinks there are underutilized areas near mass transit, why not relocate some of the government offices to those areas? That will help bring some stability to the neighborhoods and reduce congestion, since you'll have fewer people traveling to Manhattan. Not every job needs to be in lower Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

I said west side irt. 23 have room from Brooklyn, much less crowded than other lines. 45 could run more trains if you fix the at grade junction.didn't say the L wasn't crowded. They can run more trains with varying degree of work depending on how many more you want to run.

Developing satellite business districts is a good idea, it's why they are pushing development in Jamaica and flushing. They need less residential there to maximize utility though.