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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 the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the map created 11 avenues and 155 streets over forests and farms north of Houston Street. The formation of the rectangular grid made it easier for the city to create housing and other developments. “The grid does not limit us,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer told The New York Times. “It gives us a foundation to adjust to and a way to navigate Manhattan.” Garment District: Panelists Discuss Proposals for the Garment District In the face of recent rezoning efforts, more than 200 people gathered at the Garment Center Town Hall this week, where panelists—including fashion designers and community leaders—discussed what should be done to maintain this distinctive fashion hub. Using the Meatpacking District as an example, panelists discussed how to make high end fashion designers more visible, thus bringing in more revenue to the district. Atlantic Yards: Possible Prefabricated Tower for Affordable Housing In order to lower costs at Atlantic Yards, developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) is considering using a prefabricated tower for the site’s affordable housing requirement. If erected, the tower would stand at 34 stories, but they are still unsure of its stability. FCR is currently looking at factory sites in Long Island City to create the modules.
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