I was in SF in June and they’re downtown is MUCH much worse than NY’s Midtown or downtown, it’s like night and day really. Their’s really looks like zombie apocalypse hit it, very sad to see and hoping they can turn it around.
Good article. NYC is still quite “vibrant” post pandemic and will only get better as we now begin to reinvent our business districts and local economy. We can use some of those ideas; but we have a unique (better) set of social/economic/geographic conditions that will serve NYC well going forward.
The best policy decision we can make now is getting rid of that ‘Soros funded’ DA Alvin Bragg and get street crime under control. I am glad Eric Adams is starting to address that issue lately.
I just like it when any city plans to make things more walkable / get rid of cars. I would LOVE for the financial district to be turned into a walkable, European type pedestrian district. That would make NY even better IMO.
Besides the East Midtown Rezoning and other large developments that aren’t particularly part of a master plan rezoning (like the EMR, Hudson Yards district and Atlantic Yards, etc), I don’t see particularly large swaths of the city being rezoned outside of individual projects in the near future, but that can always change with demand.
The fact that it took so long to replace a malfunctioning bridge of this importance for transit in the Northeast is insane. I’m glad we’re witnessing a sea change where infrastructure is getting more attention.