7 thoughts on “CityViews: Housing Brings People, but Infrastructure Makes Neighborhoods

  1. Agree whole heartedly, and as is becoming clear throughout the city, I’d add that livable communities also need full service, affordable supermarkets

    • Just a few weeks ago I was speaking to the manager of my local Stop-N-Shop on S.I. They’d love to expand but the city permitting requirements have made that too costly even for a large successful chain.

  2. Look at western Queens. It’s great that all those luxury high-rises are being built, but how are all those new residents going to squeeze onto the already-packed subways in that neighborhood? The MTA really has no practical way to add more service to the Queens subway lines. Even adding ‘short-turn’ runs isn’t practical because of switching requirements and limitations. For example the MTA could start/end some ‘7’ trains at Queensboro Plaza or 74 Street but that would require trains to sue the center track which would mean the end of ‘7’ express service. A little easier for ‘N’ trains to use Queensborough Plaza as a terminal but with the same delays.

  3. How about schools? or are we just building for senior citizens and hipsters? -Come to think of it, I recall reading an article about the difficulties encountered traveling in Williamsburg with a double-wide stroller…

    • The lack of schools was one of the main reasons for the 2005-06 Staten Island downzonings. That and a maxed out transportation infrastructure.

      • Those downzonings were aimed at the South Shore. Now we see that area essentially walled off from the new zoning initiatives to promote affordable housing, which concentrates all new development on the North Shore, which hasn’t seen infrastructure upgrades in ages (until recently, this area was viewed as, by-and-large, the wrong socio-economic demographic to merit the investment.)

        • The east & south shore downzonings involved more than the school seats. All of SI is only served by two water/sewer treatment facilities Port Richmond & Oawkood Beach), the non-street-grid road network is maxed out. No subway connection, we depend solely on the ferry and the express buses to get to Manhattan. Remember that any new post-Verrazano infrastructure was designed for a borough of 1 & 2 family homes. The east/south shores want to be walled off from deBlasio’s ‘affordable’ housing scheme. As for the north shore I wish them success with all these new developments. The area needs improving. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4ca78506ffc9732a5d11b7ea546951c84b8c80b6ca3ad10b10609465caa19c5.jpg

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