Gotham Gazette Articles
Altering The Political Landscape (09/10/02)
Susan Reefer, columnist for Gotham Gazette's column about voting and elections, takes
a look at how September 11 changed the political dialogue throughout the city, from
the postponement of last year's primary elections to the current governor's race.
What's the Formula for Prosperity? (08/12/02)
The latest Bloomberg administration idea to
attract jobs and investment to New York City is a land swap that
would give up two city airports in exchange for city control of the
World Trade Center site. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for
Economic Development Daniel Doctoroff are also jockeying to play host to
the Olympics and build a new stadium on the West Side. A look at the
pros and cons of these and other Bloomberg administration moves to
restore New York's economy.
Transcript of Chat with Lou Tomson (07/22/02)
Read a transcript of Wednesday's live
online chat with Lou Tomson, president of the Lower Manhattan Development
Corporation. Find out what he said during our conversation as Tomson fielded
questions about the six plans for the World Trade Center site.
Transcript of Chat with Madelyn Wils (07/16/02)
Gotham Gazette held a live chat with Madelyn Wils, head of Community Board 1 and member of the
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, on Tuesday July 16.
Read a transcript
of our chat with her, and find out what she had to say about the plans released by the Lower Manhattan
Development Corporation and what the priorities are for downtown residents.
A Conversation With Alex Garvin (06/10/02)
Gotham Gazette's Rebuilding NYC had its first live
online chat on Tuesday, June 11, as Alex Garvin, lead
planner for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation,
answered questions about rebuilding downtown. Read the
transcript from our conversation and find out what
Garvin thinks rebuilding after September 11 resembles
most in history. Also, read
a profile of the Yale University planning professor
and lifelong New Yorker who now wields considerable
influence over what will be built at the World Trade
The First Public Hearing (05/24/02)
"Given that this is the first public hearing, it is
disappointing...that so many decisions have already been
made," said Margaret Hughes, one of the dozens of
speakers at the
first public hearing about rebuilding downtown held
by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the
Port Authority. Among those who testified were family
members of victims, residents of downtown
neighborhoods, architects, advocates, officials and the
civic-minded. Edited transcripts of testimony about
health concerns, the memorial, suggested designs, the
reasons why some feel betrayed.
John Whitehead On The Present And Future Of Downtown (04/08/02)
The Chair of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, John Whitehead, presents
an update on the status of the recovery of Lower Manhattan and
lays out his organization's plans for what will be done to
Six Months Later (03/11/02)
The city has made an amazing recovery in the six months since the terrorist
attacks. Ground Zero will soon be cleared of rubble. Subways, schools, and
businesses have reopened. And two temporary memorials will be unveiled this
week. But as New York moves to the next phase of rebuilding there are many
unanswered questions about what to build, who is in charge, and how it will be
funded. Gotham Gazette takes a look at the status of recovery and rebuilding,
how far we have come and where we are headed.
Profile of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation - PDF format (02/15/02)
Good Jobs New York has produced the first comprehensive person-by-person profile of the eleven
members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Find out who on the commission is a film financier; a community
activist; the "ultimate power broker;" and a one-time dinner
guest of a Taliban leader. (The report is in PDF format)
The Make-Up Of The Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation - January 2002
Tom Angotti takes a look at what he calls the "top-heavy" makeup of the
Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation.
Three Alternatives To An Independent Authority For Lower Manhattan - January 2002
Land Use columnist Tom Angotti comes up with three alternatives to the state
authority to insure a community-based approach to rebuilding downtown: ULURP, SEQR, and 197-A.
What Albany Must Do
If downtown Manhattan is to thrive once more, the city and state have
to work together, writes State Comptroller Carl
McCall. The candidate for governor offers his plan for what state and
city officials must do if we are to restore the financial district and