Blog #53 – Density, Inclusionary Zoning, Housing Planning: Cautions on de Blasio’s Plan


Density, Inclusionary Zoning, Housing Planning: Some Cautions on  the           de Blasio Plan. Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan is a far better plan than anything we’ve had since LaGuardia, and worthy of full support. But there are four large issues that need to be addressed, some in its principles, some in implementation: Density, Growth, Equity, and… More Blog #53 – Density, Inclusionary Zoning, Housing Planning: Cautions on de Blasio’s Plan

# 34 — Un-Natural Disasters, Recursive Resilience, Unjust Compensation, Visionless Planning


Un-Natural Disasters, Recursive Resilience, Unjust Compensation, Visionless Planning Summary: The “disasters” we care about are not “natural,” but social, and they are different from the disasters of previous eras. “Resilience planning” recursively accepts their recurrence, and often uses them to further already desired urban restructuring rather than preventing them. Vulnerability to the damages and compensation… More # 34 — Un-Natural Disasters, Recursive Resilience, Unjust Compensation, Visionless Planning

Blog #25 – Re-imagining the City critically


Blog #25 – Re-imagining the City critically Re-imagining the city can be a provocation to reconsider and expand the range of possibilities for a city in the future. It can simply be an opportunity for an unfettered imagination physically to design something completely new and different, not tethered to the existing city. Or it can… More Blog #25 – Re-imagining the City critically

Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications


Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications   A.     Transformation   So: since 1968, at least, the situation seems to have been ripe for transformation., objectively the material and technical prerequisites for a more socially supportive and equitable society are all there, the contradictions within the existing system blatant. But the relative strength of the… More Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications

#10 – The Changes in Occupy and the Right to the City


Blog #10 – The Changing Character of Occupy and the Right to the City I. The Historical Roots of Occupy and the Right to the City Both the Occupy movements and the Right to the City movements, two of the most active and most influential nation-wide groupings in the progressive urban arena today, spring out… More #10 – The Changes in Occupy and the Right to the City

Cathleen Black and the Management of Education


Mayor Bloomberg has named Cathleen Black, a “superstar manager” with a background in magazine publishing, to be Chancellor of New York City’s public school system. The dispute about her qualifications has unfortunately gone astray, and the New York Times, the four “prominent management experts” it consulted, and the state’s education commissioner, have not helped to… More Cathleen Black and the Management of Education