A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”
“This ‘back to the city’ movement of the creative class has a dark side,” [Richard] Florida said. “Within those urban superstars, we also have a winner-take-all system. So, we have neighborhoods that are priced through the roof and other neighborhoods and other communities that are falling behind.”
Florida argues that strong city leaders would need to fight inequality and encourage diversity to help nurture cities.
By Max de Haldevang (via Quartz)
Business is growing for the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company, according to co-founder Rob Goldman. His crew has found steady work towing barges of stone and sometimes oversized cargo like fighter planes along an expanded Erie Canal, also known as the New York State Barge Canal, that was completed in 1918.
“Let’s face it: a barge can’t deliver to your front door. A truck can,” Goldman admits. “But if we work with the trucks and we work with the rail, we can each be as efficient as possible and use as little fuel as possible because we’re efficient.”
New York’s entire canal system, including the Erie Canal, had revenues of $1.5 million in 2014 against $55 million to operate and maintain itself.
From Hansi Lo Wang/NPR.
As Burlington and other cities adopt the scrappy tactics of their citizens, they’ll need to show that they can make good on tactical urbanism’s original principles — to move faster, try new things, and not be afraid to fail.
Tactical urbanism. So it has a name.
From Laurel Wamsley/NPR.
Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!
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