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“Sex and the City” Urbanism: Human Scale the Key to Sustainable Development

“Sex and the City” Urbanism: Human Scale the Key to Sustainable Development
If you’ve ever watched Sex and the City, you can’t help but take note of the moments when Carrie is walking to and from her Upper East Side apartment.  If you’re like me you might think ‘now that is a neighborhood I would love to live in.’  The intimate narrow streets, beautiful human scaled buildings, and fully developed tree canopies scream ‘sense of place’ in ways that make you want to pack up your bags and move to New York yesterday.  Well the truth of the matter is Carrie’s neighborhood was actually shot on Perry Street in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood known the world...
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Historic Neighborhood Infill Development

Historic Neighborhood Infill Development
Many urban neighborhoods have a need for infill construction, where homes that were lost to deterioration or other reasons must be replaced.  Here in Irvington we have a unique case where a gas explosion in 2004 eliminated three houses instantly and blew out windows in a one-block radius. (images from kipar-one here) In an explosion this bad, we are lucky that nobody died.  It’s actually a fun conversation topic to ask people in the neighborhood, I’ve heard several variants from “slept right through it” to “the coldest nights of my life, took a week to replace the...
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