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Municipal Architecture and Infrastructure in an Uncertain Financial & Political Future

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As the City Council considers changing term limits from two to three today, so the urban planning, architecture, and design community is pondering what a third Bloomberg term would mean for New York City’s built environment. Though MAS has not endorsed Mayor Bloomberg’s potential bid, MAS President Kent Barwick said in an interview with Architect’s Newspaper, published today, that one had to respect the “vision and leadership” the Bloomberg administration has demonstrated toward initiating urban planning efforts.

Streetsblog revisited an MAS exhibit from the last economic downturn in New York City titled “Steel, Stone and Backbone” to remind readers that New York City has built its most significant infrastructure and beloved cultural institutions in times of meager finances.  Given Bloomberg’s reliance on heavy private investment to see current development projects through, the New York Observer takes a less optimistic perspective.

In other news, the cost of acquiring all of the land in Willets Point is murky and Councilmembers are questioning the City’s budget. (New York Daily News)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public meeting on St. Vincent’s hardship case (New York Times) see also MAS advocacy on St. Vincent’s.

The City Council approved a East Harlem Housing and Media complex (New York Times; Crain’s New York Business)

Revised renderings of Calatrava’s PATH station reveal a design with far less natural light (New York Times)

Voters and a jury have selected a French team for their redesign of Grand Army Plaza (Curbed)

Governor Paterson will run for election in 2010 (New York Post)