A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”

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)

How A Giant Manhattan Building Learned To Stop Murdering Birds

From Amy Kraft (The Week, 9 April 2015), renovations designed to make the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City a better building and habitat led to a significant decrease in direct bird collisions and deaths.

As far as bird deaths go, [Dr. Susan] Elbin, [NYC Audubon’s director of conservation and science], said that her data shows a 90 percent decrease in collisions with the Javits Center as a result of the renovations.

How A Giant Manhattan Building Learned To Stop Murdering Birds