Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thirsty Thursday Linkages

Not much time today, so straight to it:

What Bloomberg's sustainability initiatives have achieved:

In 2009, the City reported that two-thirds of PlaNYC’s initiatives were either on or ahead of schedule. As of April 2010, the City has scored a wide range of successes toward its goals, including the following:

  • 100,000 affordable housing units created or preserved
  • 319,054 trees planted and 113 schoolyards-to-playground sites opened
  • 200 miles of bicycle lanes installed and a bike-access law enacted
  • 86 energy-efficiency projects completed as part of plan to reduce City government energy use 30% by 2017
  • 25 percent of the yellow taxi fleet converted to hybrid vehicles
  • 9 percent decrease in citywide carbon emissions due to cleaner power generation and less sulfur hexaflouride release
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AskMen rates cities to live in for Men, which could be described as Y-chromosomal livability, yes? Besides simply judging by "Attractive Young Females" [grunt], they looked at such crazy, nonsensical things men might also enjoy like air quality, bikability, time off, and transit access. Even the launch graphic is a transit map. You still question whether our values have changed?
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And the remnants of a world shifting from expansion to contraction, the ghost town of the aptly named California City from GOOD mag:
The dream faded quickly, however, and though California City is the third-largest city by area in California, it is home to just 14,000 people. Surrounded by a sprawling ghost-grid of empty streets scratched into the dust and gravel with nary a finished house in sight, California City is a labyrinth of meticulously named culs-de-sac—Oldsmobile Boulevard, Alpha Street, Planet Lane: a dream city that never quite happened.