February 19, 2006

IF YOU'RE BUILDING THEY WILL COME:

By 2025, Planners See a Million New Stories in the Crowded City (SAM ROBERTS, 2/19/06, NY Times)

With higher birth rates among Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers, immigrants continuing to gravitate to New York City and a housing boom transforming all five boroughs, the city is struggling to cope with a phenomenon that few other cities in the Northeast or Midwest now face: a growing population. It is expected to pass nine million by 2020. [...]

Elaborating on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's disclosure last month that city planners were drafting a strategy to cope with this expected growth, Daniel L. Doctoroff, the deputy mayor for economic development, said the city could accommodate a million additional people or more, but only if it began planning for their needs now.

"We have the capacity through rezoning and underutilized land to go well over that number," he said. "But you cannot simply divorce the issue of growth from the infrastructure required to support it. It opens up great opportunities only if the growth is smart, if we have the things that make cities worth living in."

Mr. Doctoroff said the strategy would explore opportunities for growth both citywide and in 188 individual neighborhoods. It would determine how land use regulations and other constraints might be altered to create sufficient housing, schools, subway routes and parks, preserve factory jobs and identify sites for less desirable but necessary structures, including power plants.

Last month, the New York Building Congress, a trade group, estimated that proposed development, including the World Trade Center site and the Hudson Yards in Manhattan and the Atlantic Terminal area in Brooklyn, would generate a 21 percent increase in jobs by 2025. That, the group said, would require new sources of electricity.


With NY City Democrats so closely wedded to blacks and the public service unions there's an enormous opportunity here for the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 5:58 PM
Comments

Buckley '09?

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at February 19, 2006 7:25 PM

Buckwheat - '09?

Posted by: obc at February 19, 2006 9:52 PM
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