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Weekly Web Wrap
April 2nd, 2010

Making the Bronx Smell Nice
(Edible Geography)
Poverty Remains Flat, Utility Service Interruptions Rise
(PULP Blog)
Regional Plan Association History
(Urban Omnibus)
Saving $1.2 Billion Through Labor Costs
(Citizens Budget Commission)
Skate Park Mimics City’s Popular Street Spots
(Gothamist)
The City’s Seed Funds
(KartMe via NYConvergence)
Cartoonist’s Take on Senate Pay-to-Play Move
(Adam Zyglis)
Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Lead to Homeless Spike
(Coalition for the Homeless)
Highbridge Arts Center Design Competition Winners
(The Dirt)
Yankee Stadium Demolition Photos
(Bronx News Network)
Unsound Facts in Report on Atlantic Yards by Controversial Analysts
(Atlantic Yards Report)

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Weekly Web Wrap
March 27th, 2010

State Failing at Bridge Maintenance
(Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
Manhattan Ranked as Worst City for Unemployment Pay
(Forbes)
Replacing Empire Zones with Excelsior
(Citizens Budget Commission)
New MTA Finance Chief Criticized for Prior MTA Bond
(Bond Buyer via NY Fiscal Watch)
Using the Brooklyn Waterfront to Manage Stormwater
(Regional Plan Association)
Time Warner Launching WiFi Hotspots in City
(NYConvergence)
South Bronx Receives First Green Neighborhood Certification in State
(Inhabitat)
Remembering the V Train’s Controversial History
(Second Avenue Sagas)
Older Adults Must Stay Physically Active, Socially Engaged
(Health Department)
No Progress on ‘No Excuse’ Absentee Ballot
(League of Women Voters of New York State)
Paid Sick Days Effect on Job Growth
(DMI Blog)

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Weekly Web Wrap
March 19th, 2010

City’s Water and Sewer Rate Study
(SWIM Coalition)
Espada Doubled Staff Since Leadership Play
(Bronx News Network)
Without Transit Improvements, Growth will Stagnate
(DMI Blog)
Sustainable Waterfront Planning
(Urban Omnibus)
Transit Riders Council Report
(Second Avenue Sagas)
Paterson’s New Tax Cap Even More Porous
(NY Fiscal Watch)
New Uptown Best Buy Hires Under One-Third Locals
(DNAinfo.com via No Land Grab)
What’s the Best Way to Tax Utilities?
(PULP Blog)
Update on Greenpoint Oil Spill Remediation
(Brownstoner)
How Not to Pass a Budget
(League of Women Voters of New York State)
Planning Ground Zero from the Ground Up
(Metropolis)

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Weekly Web Wrap
March 13th, 2010

Bringing Basements to Code
(Urban Omnibus)
Bloomberg Ranks 20th Most Powerful in World
(Forbes)
Albany’s Crime Spree
(The Weekly Standard)
The State’s Sugar Campaign
(The American Prospect)
Paterson Typical of State’s Political Culture
(Newsweek)
Ground Zero Workers at Higher Risk of Heart Disorder
(Bloomberg)
Atlantic Yards: Making Dangerous Streets Worse
(Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
Albany’s Wage Theft Bill
(DMI Blog)
DiNapoli Proposes Ending ‘Backdoor Borrowing’
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Thoughts on Snow Removal
(Regional Plan Association)
The Teachers Union and the Budget
(League of Women Voters of New York State)
State Income Taxes by Place of Residence
(Room Eight)
Twenty-One Local Housing Developments to be Federalized
(IBO Web Log)
Cartoonist on Paterson Scandals
(Adam Zyglis)
How Empty Ships Led to Paved Roads
(Core77)
Lessons From Newsday’s Paywall
(paidContent.org via NYConvergence)
Removing ‘Versus’ from the Education Reform Dialogue
(The Innovative Educator)

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Weekly Web Wrap
March 5th, 2010

Paterson and the Future of Black Politics
(Newsweek)
Photo Essay of the State’s Adult Homes
(Mother Jones)
Spitzer’s Mission Impossible
(Time)
The Signage in Penn Station is Terrible
(Slate)
But it has Free WiFi
(NYCwireless)
Accessibility Concerns in the Building Code
(Metropolis)
Land Use and the City Charter Revision Commission
(Pratt Center)
Is Cablevision Destroying Newsday?
(Long Island Press via NYConvergence)
A Social Scientist Discusses Avenue D
(Urban Omnibus)
CBS Agrees to Run Pro-Marijuana Ad in Times Square
(Change.org)
Councilmember on Outer Borough Parking Policy After Storms
(Councilmember Vincent Gentile’s blog)
An Analysis of the City’s Tech Ecosystem
(innonate)
MTA Service Cuts Mapped
(Regional Plan Association)
Saving Student MetroCards by Trimming School Bus Costs
(Streetsblog)
Cartoonist’s Take on Tumult in the Governor’s Seat
(Matt Davies)
Minimizing Harm from School Aid Cuts
(Citizens Budget Commission)

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Weekly Web Wrap
February 26th, 2010

Dealing with the City’s Debt Service
(Citizens Budget Commission)
Taxi Share Program Starts Today
(Inhabitat)
New York Ranked Least Affordable Place to Buy a Home
(CNN Money via Planteizen)
Expanding Transit to Southeast Queens
(The Transport Politic)
Advocates Skeptical About Immigrant Dentition Center Move
(The Nation)
Courts Reject Columbia Eminent Domain Parallel
(Atlantic Yards Report)
CBS: No Marijuana-Legalization Billboard for Times Square
(Change.org)
Competitor Also Question’s Voting Machine Selection Process
(ReformNY)
How New York Can Grow as a Walkable City
(Streetsblog)
Keyspan Settles in Antitrust Case
(PULP Blog)
Newly Elected Officials and Accountable Development
(Clawback)

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Weekly Web Wrap
February 19th, 2010

City Ranks as 16th Most Miserable
(Forbes)
Understanding Health Disparities Among the Boroughs
(Department of Health)
Comparing the Government Structures of London and NYC
(Urban Omnibus)
Turning Columbus Circle into an Express Stop
(Second Avenue Sagas)
Newly Released Memo Suggests Overstated Economic Benefits
(Atlantic Yards Report)
How the Planning Department Sabotages Sustainability
(Streetsblog)
The Whine About Wine in Grocery Stores
(The Real Estate)
Behind the Scenes With Adolfo Carrion
(CEOs for Cities)
Animated Google Map Car Chase Through Atlantic Yards
(Digital Urban)
Some Nuance on Congestion Pricing
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Renewable Energy Certificates Now Available for New Yorkers
(Business Green via Freshkills Park Blog)
Beekeeping as an Essential Part of Urban Farming
(Food Systems Network NYC)
The Non-Profit that Saved Central Park
(City Journal)

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Weekly Web Wrap
February 12th, 2010

A Closer Look at Disclosure Exemptions
(ReformNY)
Study Reveals How Bedbugs Travel Between Apartments
(Brick Underground via Curbed)
Sen. Gonzalez Withdraws Guilty Plea
(Bronx News Network)
Health and Cost Benefits of Electronic Medical Records
(IBO Web Log)
Councilmember Lander Maps Stalled Construction
(Brownstoner)
What’s the Impact of Nets Area’s Alternate Entrance
(Atlantic Yards Report)
Cartoonist’s Take on Paterson Rumors
(Matt Davies)
Artists’ Take on Brooklyn Gentrification
(Urban Omnibus)
Jacob Javitz Plaza to Get Redesign
(Architect’s Newspaper via The Dirt)
Artificially Propped Up Municipal Finance
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Efficient Transit Takes More than ‘Spiffy’ Tech
(Regional Plan Association)

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Weekly Web Wrap
February 5th, 2010

Increase in Concern Over New Voting Machines
(ReformNY)
Hoping for Real Change in Water Rates
(Bronx News Network)
Stop Using Water Board to Bypass Contract Bidding
(Water Watch NYC)
Special Education Students’ Effect on Schools’ Graduation Rates
(Edwize)
Teachers Union Bused Protesters to School Closing Hearing
(The Chalkboard)
Cartoonist’s Take on Ethics Reform
(Matt Davies)
Smarter Energy for New York
(Metropolis)
State to Consolidate Email
(Government Technology)
State’s Telephone Subscriptions Shrink
(PULP Blog)
City Bar Supports Lawyer/Legislator Disclosure
(Capitol Confidential)
New Rapid-Transit Bus Debuts in the Bronx
(Second Avenue Sagas)
The Over-Sensationalized Terror Trials
(Change.org)
Federal Rules Make State’s High-Income Tax Rate Even Higher
(City Journal)
MTA Can’t Afford More Short-Term Solutions
(DMI Blog)
Nasty Heating Oil Used at ‘Green’ Battery Park City
(Green Building in Gotham)

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Weekly Web Wrap
January 29th, 2010

Usurious Tax Refund Loans Cost City $58 Million
(Bronx News Network)
Common Sense on Workforce Development
(Huffington Post)
Rising Eminent Domain in New York
(Architect’s Newspaper via Planetizen)
Little Stimulus Funds Used for Transportation
(Building Congress)
The Architecture of Healthiness
(Next American City)
Using Trash to Rebuild the City
(Inhabitat)
ULURP Begins for Highline Preservation Above 30th St.
(High Line Blog)
Avoiding Corporate Relocation Border Wars
(Regional Plan Association)
Can YOU Improve the City’s Stormwater Management?
(Minds In The Gutter via Idealist in NYC)
Paterson Proposes Elimination of HEAP Weatherization Funding
(PULP Blog)
The Bonus Babies are Back
(Newsweek)
Fixing Mistakes in the Ethics Bill
(ReformNY)
New Report Examines Neighborhoods for .nyc
(NYConvergence)
Westbeth – the First Warehouse Conversion for Artists
(Municipal Art Society)

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Weekly Web Wrap
January 22nd, 2010

Bloomberg Outlines 2010 Tech Initiatives
(NYConvergence)
State Won’t Publish Race to the Top Application
(GothamSchools)
Cartoonist’s Take on Paterson Fund Raising
(Matt Davies)
Rikers Island Gardening Project
(Planet Green)
Eco-Park to Restore Canarsie Wetlands
(Freshkills Park Blog)
Dreams of Taking the N to LaGuardia
(Second Avenue Sagas)
Ethics Reform: Keep At It
(ReformNY)
Why Staten Island is Mocked
(Slate)
Manhattanville Ruling Formally Appealed
(Columbia Spectator)
The City and the ‘Move Your Money’ Movement
(DMI Blog)
‘Urban Umbrellas’ Win Sidewalk Shed Competition
(Streetsblog)
A City Personal Income Tax Hike, via Albany
(NY Fiscal Watch)

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Weekly Web Wrap
January 15th, 2010

Financial Disclosure Changes are Inadequate
(ReformNY)
Brooklyn’s Solar-Powered Car Charging Station
(Freshkills Park Blog)
Megacities Like New York Ready for Electric Cars
(Time)
Cartoonist’s Take on Albany Dysfunction
(Adam Zyglis)
Arguing for Congestion Pricing
(DMI Blog)
Lawmaker’s Collective Amnesia as Transit Cuts Loom
(Streetsblog)
Quinn Says City Must Provide Transit Funds for Students
(Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
Rerouting the V Train to Metropolitan Ave.
(Second Avenue Sagas)
Free E-Waste Pickup Expands to Brooklyn
(Metropolis)
No Guidelines on Environmental Review Consultants
(Atlantic Yards Report)
Is it Green Leasing’s Moment?
(Green Building in Gotham)
AT&T’s 3G Network Upgrade Bypassing City
(All Things Digital via NYConvergence)
A Proposal to Revise Greenhouse Gas Plan’s Spending
(PULP Blog)
Stringer Unveils NYC Food Charter
(Food Systems Network)
How Progressive is the State’s Tax System?
(Citizen’s Budget Commission)

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Weekly Web Wrap
January 8th, 2010

Stuy Town: First Tremor of the Coming Financial Earthquake?
(The Atlantic)
Creating Affordable Housing from Failed Luxury Projects
(The American Prospect)
State Spending Much Higher than National Average
(NY Fiscal Watch)
The City Needs a New Economic Strategy
(Newsweek)
Scientists Target Rocks for Carbon Storage
(The Earth Institute)
Administration Said to Bargain in Bad Faith on Armory
(Bronx News Network)
Smart Meters May Be Vulnerable to Hacking
(PULP Blog)
Cartoonist’s Take on Albany Ethics Reform
(Matt Davies)
184 Kent Open for Business
(Curbed)
Co-ops and Illegal Signage
(Habitat)
The Painful Education of Real Estate Scion Rob Speyer
(Business Week)
How Design Can Help New York
(GOOD via CEOs for Cities)

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Weekly Web Wrap
December 24th, 2009

Ideas for Getting the MTA Out of its Mess
(Regional Plan Association)
Building ‘Net Zero’ in Red Hook
(Green Building in Gotham)
Community Boards in Need of Architects
(Urban Omnibus)
Senate Yet to Propose Committee Reforms
(ReformNY)
Eating Habits That Reduce the City’s Carbon Emissions
(Huffington Post)
Charging for Use of Stormwater System
(Water Watch NYC)
Listing New York’s Startups
(NY Tech Meetup)
Court Refuses to Hear Billboard Company’s Appeal
(Ban Billboard Blight via Public Ad Campaign)
2008 Local Government Employment Census Data
(Room Eight)
Comptroller Should Have Voted on Atlantic Yards Bonds
(NY Fiscal Watch)
A Guide to Stuyvesant Town’s New Rents
(Curbed)
Can the Council Help Bring Startups to the City?
(Econsultancy via NYConvergence)

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Weekly Web Wrap
December 18th, 2009

Recovery Zone Bonds for a Project that Won’t Aid Recovery
(Clawback)
City Approves Plan for More Electricity Submetering
(PULP Blog)
Cartoonist’s Take on Juvenile Criminal Detention Centers
(Matt Davies)
City Court Date Reporting System is Paperless
(Change.org)
Crowdsourcing Map Tool for Non-Emergency Reporting
(Urban Omnibus)
Bloomberg Inspired by Danish Offshore Wind Farms
(Inhabitat)
New Pro-Bono Design Firm for Non-Profits and Community Groups
(DesigNYC via Core77)
New Guide to Street Vendor Rights
(BLDGBLOG)
Going Green in the South Bronx
(Planet Green via Huffington Post)
MTA Would Still Be in Current Mess with Congestion Pricing
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Voting for City Software Application Competition Now Underway
(NYC BigApps via Open NY Forum)

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Offsetting Service Cuts with Infrastructure Money
December 17th, 2009

As everyone and their mom talks about the MTA’s current mess and how to get out of it, one alternative to chopping transit service has generated the most discussion: using funds from the MTA’s capital budget to plug the deficit. Supported by a number of council members and the Straphangers Campaign, the plan would take money from the capital budget – used for things like maintaining and expanding the system’s infrastructure – and use it for operating expenses, such as salaries and fuel, which is where the immediate gap is. The goal is to make sure the MTA gets through the year without any service cuts while leaders devise a long-term solution.

Gene Russianoff from the Straphangers says it is necessary to do this because of “the harm to riders of service cuts in an already overcrowded system; the new blow to the MTAs credibility if the agency institutes cuts that the riding public (paying a higher fare since June) were told would not happen; and cuts undermining MTA Chairman Jay Walders sensible plans to improve bus service.”

Walder said he’d consider the proposal, according to Reuters, but noted that it was a “slippery slope” which the MTA already once descended in the 1970s, leading to decades of disrepair.

Some advocates get behind the idea only as a last resort. In a post on the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s blog, Kate Slevin said her organization would support using federal stimulus funds meant for capital costs to plug the gap if need be. “This is an unsustainable stopgap measure that will only postpone the problem, and the Campaign does not generally support capital dollars being used for operations,” she wrote. “However, this is a dire situation that may require emergency action.”

But it isn’t even on the table for others. Neysa Pranger of the Regional Plan Association points out that the MTA’s capital budget gap is $9.9 billion dollars over five years while next year’s capital budget is only a fraction of that, at around $383 million. She also stresses that capital spending is important for long-term economic recovery.

The MTA’s cuts would not take place until the summer of 2010, and it must vote to approve them again after the agency holds public hearings on each of the individual service cuts. If recent controversial issues in the state capitol are any indication, no decisions will be made as to whether this is a good or bad idea until the last possible moment.

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Weekly Web Wrap
December 11th, 2009

Moving Beyond Race on the Gay Marriage Debate
(The American Prospect)
City Launches Environmental Health Web Portal
(Health Department)
Cartoonist’s Take on Albany Ethics
(Matt Davies)
Questions About Expansion of the Staten Island Expressway
(Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
West Chelsea Rezoning Wins Award
(High Line Blog)
Ratner Contradicts Himself on Community Use of Arena
(Atlantic Yards Watch)
Recycle Your E-Waste Throughout January
(Metropolis)
Times Still Undecided on Pay Wall Model
(Editor & Publisher)
Steam Leaks Help New Yorkers Understand Infrastructure
(Urban Omnibus)
A Survey of the Year’s Lost Landmarks
(Lost City via Curbed)

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Weekly Web Wrap
December 6th, 2009

Balancing Private Bus Burdens and Benefits
(Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
Cartoonist’s Take on Extraordinary Session
(Matt Davies)
Paying for Prospect Park’s Water System
(Water Watch NYC)
Time Banking Comes to New York
(Idealist in NYC)
Fulton Street’s Diverse Building Stock
(Urban Omnibus)
Accessibility as Part of Sustainability
(Metropolis)
Annulment of a Straight Marriage a Challenge for Equal Rights
(Huffington Post)
Gay Marriage Vote Disappointing but Historic
(ReformNY)
Power Grid Operator Criticized on Anniversary
(Times Union via PULP Blog)
City Taxpayers Would Pay for Part of Atlantic Yards Default
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Contest Promotions a Loophole for Illegal Advertisers?
(Public Ad Campaign)

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Weekly Web Wrap
November 27th, 2009

Hotel Lobby Misappropriates Privately-Owned Public Space
(I (heart) Public Space)
Mapping Vacant Storefronts
(Curbed)
Analysis of Tax Receipt Decline Must Factor in Tax Increase
(NY Fiscal Watch)
Dueling Economic Geographies Within Global Cities
(New Geography)
The Lifespan of Smart Meters
(PULP Network)
Charter Schools as Agents of the Right Wing
(Edwize)
Time to End the Empire Zone Program
(Citizens Budget Commission)
Liu and de Blasio’s Potential Impact on Transportation
(Streetsblog)
City Running Out of Space to Store Gold
(BLDGBLOG)
Group of Co-op Boards Battle the MTA
(Habitat Magazine)
The Waterfront’s Assault on Fifth Avenue
(Newsweek)

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Weekly Web Wrap
November 20th, 2009

Bloomberg Needs to See New York as City of Neighborhoods
(Regional Plan Association)
How to Judge the Next Teachers Contract
(Citizen’s Budget Commission)
State Pension Fund Up, but Still Down
(NY Fiscal Watch)
New York Sun Slowly Re-Rises
(Editor’s Weblog via NYConvergence)
What Researchers Learned from Spying on Us in the Subway
(Slate)
State May Test Game Console Alert System
(InformationWeek)
Radioactive Wastewater Another Concern in Upstate Gas Drilling
(ProPublica via Alternet)
Checking in on the 7 Line Extension
(Second Avenue Sagas)
A Bowery Reborn
(Metropolis)

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