When you have enough construction, you get filtering rather than gentrification. Lower-income people move into dwellings that used to house rich people but that aren’t shiny and new any more and don’t have the most up-to-date fashions. When you don’t have enough construction, you get rich people moving into poor people’s houses and installing granite countertops. If every single square mile inside the Beltway changed its zoning to allow for a doubling of residential density, then there’d be plenty of houses for everyone. If instead your affordability strategy is based on trying to preserve individual units as “affordable” even in the face of rising demand then inevitably lots of folks are going to end up out in the cold. —
The New York City Skyline and Central Park from above during sunset.
Summer evenings are when the city smolders
as the sun paints the clouds
and the night sky waits just another hour longer
to dance with the last remnants of the day.
This is a view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan and Central Park from above looking north towards upper Manhattan. I took this at the end of August on a gorgeous, sweltering evening. I made it up to the top deck of Top of the Rock (30 Rock) just as this spectacular sunset was making its way across the sky.
It’s hard not to feel overcome with emotion when the summer sky puts on one of its late summer sunset shows. When it happens, the city is bathed in an other-worldly glow as the lights in the buildings twinkle on like stars and the sky and the impossible all seem to melt away into an infinite horizon full of endless possibility.
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Cooler than I am already.
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The most objective metric of ‘livability’ in cities is probably the rate at which friends happen to run into one another on the sidewalk. —
Summer on the Lower East Side. New York City.
I fall in love with this city every day.
It’s the little things that build up to create an imprint: an imprint that etches itself permanently to my heart.
Certain streets transport me to different eras and even different places in the world. I turn a corner and I am suddenly transported to Paris or Prague or a multitude of places that I have never had the pleasure of exploring (yet).
And it’s these streets that make me well up with enough love to last a lifetime.
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