Archive for July, 2011

The MTA and Subterranean Burials

July 26, 2011
The MTA and Subterranean Burials

The resignation of Jay Walder, has been stirring up discussion about the timely completion of MTA projects under way, including the Second Avenue Subway, 7 Line Extension and the East Side Access.  The East Side Access project has garnered less attention than the other two, even though its impact will be as important. Like many […]

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The Harlem River Plant Fire and New York City’s 150 Year Old Sewer Problem

July 25, 2011
The Harlem River Plant Fire and New York City’s 150 Year Old Sewer Problem

Last week, a fire in the engine room of the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant ­­­— located on the Hudson River, from 137th Street to 145th Street — shut the plant down, causing millions gallons of untreated sewage to pour into the New York waterways. The North River plant is one of the largest in […]

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Technology Enables Transparency

July 20, 2011
Technology Enables Transparency

Solutions journal featured this IBM website, Many Bills, which has actually been around for about a year now, that allows for increased accessibility to federal and state legislation. I am always shocked (and slightly appalled) at how unclear bills and other governmental documents are to read. And not difficult in the sense of, “this is […]

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What does a 1950’s Regulation Have to do with the Disappearance of Your Favorite Food Truck?

July 20, 2011
What does a 1950’s Regulation Have to do with the Disappearance of Your Favorite Food Truck?

No  “vendor, hawker or huckster shall park a vehicle at a metered parking space to offer merchandise for sale from the vehicle.” According to the New York Times, this Transportation Department regulation has been on the books for at least 60 years, but has not been actively enforced in recent memory. However, a May 24th […]

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Housing and Demographic Change

July 19, 2011
Housing and Demographic Change

The 2008 economic crash changed the way many Americans think about housing, at least for a while. While the faltering economy plays a key factor in what kind of dwellings people buy and rent, this CNBC report suggests that shifting demographics may be more important in the long term.  According to a report written by […]

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