Thoughts on Improving Life in NYC

To continue my musings on improving life in NYC I call your attention to this article by Matt Harrigan, Co-Founder & CEO @ Company. It’s a couple of months old but there’s nothing stale about his suggestions. He points to the success of both the Open Streets and Open Restaurant initiatives. It’s incredible what a qualitative difference both of those make. As we head into winter we’re going to need more to keep restaurants from open. But his larger point is that we have to continue to experiment and learn from other cities that are making street life more human-centered. Likewise, he rightly states that government plays a role in solving some of these problems and is solely responsible for others. I’ll tease you with the beginning:


New York is resilient, but only if it adapts

There has been much debate lately about whether New York City is “dead,” and of course it isn’t.

But it is true that, even before Covid-19, we were long overdue for looking at the city with fresh eyes and developing new mechanisms for improving the day-to-day experience of living and working here. Now, with the meteoric and here-to-stay rise of remote work, wariness toward urban density and the loss of so many traditional drivers of New York’s appeal, the city unquestionably needs to evolve to tip the cost-benefit analysis of city vs. suburban or smaller-city living back in New York’s favor.

In the past few months, we have observed the success and popularity of the city’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants pilots. These innovative initiatives should be just the beginning of a new vision for improving the quality of day-to-day life for New Yorkers that seeks to include the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of New Yorkers themselves.


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