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Watch List Highlights, Friday, February 25, 2011

Gowanus Canal - Photo by Giles AshfordGowanus: Architects Launch Design Competition
This infamous Superfund site may have been abandoned by developers, but a group of Brooklyn architects are hoping to renew interest in connecting the canal to neighboring communities. The competition, sponsored by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation, requires participants to come up with ways to creatively transform the neighborhood into a more livable area. Proposed ideas so far include building a pedestrian bridge and creating bird houses. The winning team will receive $1,000.

Lower Manhattan: Downtown Tourism is Thriving
Nine million sightseers explored Lower Manhattan last year, drawn in by Governors Island, South Street Seaport, and other downtown sites. According to the Alliance for Downtown New York, the numbers have increased by 30 percent since 2008.

Changing Streets: NYC versus Potholes
New York City streets took a beating this winter with heavy snowfalls, rain, and changing temperatures (and constant plowing didn’t help either). The Department of Transportation (DOT) plans on fixing these dilapidated streets by increasing the number of repair crews to pave roads and fill potholes. To prove that the city is actually following up on pothole complaints, the DOT created a blog, the Daily Pothole, to track repairs.

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