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Kayaking New York’s Newest Superfund Site

November 9, 2010
Kayaking New York's Newest Superfund Site

I grew up with boats, canoeing the upper Hudson River and its tributaries, kayaking Maine’s coast, portaging canoes between Adirondack lakes and sailing Vermont’s varied winds. But in seven years of living in New York City, surrounded by water, I never once shipped off shore, save for some ferry rides. Blame it on the difficulty […]

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Development Wants What Development Gets

November 4, 2010
Development Wants What Development Gets

The conventional definition of over-development typically applies to the fringe of a city: it impacts pristine land, adds to soil erosion, contributes to pollution in storm-water run-off, loss of habitat, loss of entire ecosystems, etc.  But when it occurs in the center of a city, we drop the pejorative prefix and unreservedly laud it as […]

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NJ Governor Kills Commuter Rail Tunnel to NY

November 2, 2010
NJ Governor Kills Commuter Rail Tunnel to NY

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed the nation’s largest transit project, saying the state couldn’t afford the potential cost overruns of the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel. Already under construction, the ARC tunnel would provide a new commuter-rail link to Manhattan, doubling New Jersey Transit service, which currently runs at peak […]

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The Need for Toxic Chemical Reform

October 29, 2010
The Need for Toxic Chemical Reform

Many of our common household products contain chemicals we know very little about. We may not know these chemicals by name, how they’re made or their purpose, but we buy the products that are made from them anyway. Unfortunately, the safety of many chemicals used in consumer goods has not been substantiated and that poses […]

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Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Drafting Mid-term Revisions

October 28, 2010
Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Drafting Mid-term Revisions

A public meeting was held on October 12th to discuss the new Draft Recommendations to Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which will be formalized and published by the end of the year. A wide variety of representatives from community initiatives and industry mariners participated in the negotiation to revise the plan – key topics […]

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