This Week’s Highlights: October 15
October 15th, 2010, 4:59 pm
Each week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. The American Planning Association released its 2010 list of “Great Public Spaces in America,” which includes the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Campus Matrius Park in Detroit, and New York’s own Bryant Park. Cooper Union, in partnership with the Drawing Center, has just opened a new show about Robert Moses’ Lower Manhattan Expressway. The show includes original drawings, renderings and a 33 ft x 16 ft model of “The Highway That (Almost) Ate New York.” (Observer) 41 Cooper Square, Cooper Union’s newest building and winner of the 2010 MASterworks award for Best New Building, has become the city’s first academic structure to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest honor: LEED Platinum certification. (Crain’s) This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the winners of nearly $100 million in grants from its new Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program – including $3.5 million for New York’s Regional Plan Association. “Regions that embrace sustainable communities will have a built-in competitive edge in attracting jobs and private investment,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. (Streetsblog) Streetsblog also covers Yonah Freemark’s work analyzing the past 10 years of American Community Surveys to answer that burning question: which cities are making the quickest shift away from cars?