Sitting outside of Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in the Hunters Point area of Long Island City, yesterday, I stared at the glass towers and wide side walks around me. I took in the street-level retail -- a handful of restaurants and a coffee shop -- and noted the playing fields in the middle of it all. I watched as masked couples pushed strollers by... The neighborhood felt soulless and I was struggling to put my finger on why.
A year ago when Hudson Yards first opened to the public, I found myself severely disappointed. The development, over a decade in the making, was hailed by its makers as the future of what New York could be. Gleaming towers, space for commerce, public parks and transit linkages. But when the doors opened, it was … Continue reading NYT: ‘The Anti-Hudson Yards’
A Nobel prize winning economist, an urban planner named Coyote, and a New York Times reporter venture into the desert... No, it’s not the setup to a joke. On the contrary, it’s the framing for an interesting profile of Paul Romer, 2018 winner of the Nobel prize in economics, in yesterday’s Times, who is attending … Continue reading When an economist goes to Burning Man