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Archive for March, 2011

MAS Urban Fellow Mary Rowe on Jane Jacobs’ Legacy

Mary RoweFifty years ago, then New Yorker Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities. That controversial, seminal volume has underpinned much of the work of the Municipal Arts Society over the years as well as stimulating much debate about how to approach city planning, and how we should each think about our role in the urban eco-system. Following her relocation to Toronto in 1968 with her draft-age sons, daughter and hospital architect husband, Jacobs wrote several books after Death and Life. Continue Reading>>

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs, March 31

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs: A Panel Discussion When: March 31 6:30 pm Where: The Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10029 Register online or call 212.534.1672 On Thursday, March 31, The Museum of the City of New York will hold a panel designed to “go beyond the usual discussion of Jacobs and take an unsentimental look at her continuing relevance—or lack thereof—to planning in New York today”.   Continue Reading>>

Wireless City: Can All New Yorkers Get Connected? Panel Video

Greg Goldman: former Executive Director of Wireless PhiladelphiaEarlier this month, MAS hosted a provocative panel on bringing equitable WiFi to all New Yorkers. NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne, delivered an informative keynote about the city’s plans to offer more services online, as well as the recent advances in providing access to 311 reporting data online. Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights, Friday, March 25, 2011

Disaster Planning: New York City’s “All Hazards Plan” After the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, The New York Times took a look at how New York City would respond in a disaster and how it could best distribute protocols and information to other agencies and the public. Changing Streets: Happy Birthday, NYC Grid! Tuesday marked the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Manhattan street grid. Also known as Continue Reading>>

MAS President: New York Needs a New Look at Zoning

New York City Zoning Map - Union SquareWith 2011 marking the 50th anniversary of New York’s zoning resolution, MAS President Vin Cipolla urges the City to stop working within an antequated zoning framework and start fresh. His March 21 op-ed in Crain’s New York follows in its entirety. Revamp rezoning for city’s new age The zoning resolution of the City of New York turns 50 this year. The resolution, more than any other plan or vision, defines how the city looks. Continue Reading>>