Spisak, who was on the front lines of the fight against Amazon, is referring to a trend of developers coming into what he calls “traditionally disinvested communities,” where corporations try to take advantage of cheap real estate–similar to what has happened in the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn. The Amazon project, with its incredible scale, would have taken over a large, underdeveloped area in Long Island City, which is already an expensive neighborhood, but the ripple effects would have impacted neighborhoods around the entire borough. … [Read more...] about The war against Amazon was a war for cities–and cities won
New York State’s opening bid to Amazon to locate the tech giant’s second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, was bigger than we initially knew. How much? $800 million more in incentives and even an offer to pay part of the salaries of some Amazon employees. … [Read more...] about New York wanted Amazon so bad it was willing to pay part of its employees’ salaries
Seven hundred of the buildings’ 2,300 units will be affordable for very low-income New Yorkers–couples must make less than $29,000 per year to be eligible for a $640 per month one-bedroom. The park is the other big consolation for the neighborhood. Ultimately, the company will have spent more than $50 million on building Domino Park, which will open ahead of most of the development. The developers have carefully put in a public road between the still-to-be-built residential towers and the park, so it feels more accessible to the neighborhood–a key critique they heard during feedback sessions. While the decision to turn some of the land into a road might not be the most obvious design feature of the park, it is perhaps the most crucial one. … [Read more...] about Can NYC’s next big park recapture the magic of the High Line?
Haddeman lives next to one of the city’s unused harbors, and realized that even though there wasn’t room on land for new parks, there might be in the water. He came up with a design for a floating park, filled with plants that could help clean the murky water and attract fish (the harbors are mostly empty of life now). The city liked the idea, and though they didn’t have the money to fully fund the project, they helped connect him with another government agency that could. … [Read more...] about Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design
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