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How can we reimagine urban infrastructure, governance, and the public realm?

Recently the Forum for Urban Design invited civic leaders, developers and designers to propose bold visions for a more competitive, livable, and sustainable New York. The result was more than forty creative proposals to reimagine and rebuild urban infrastructure, reform government, and create an animated public realm. Among the proposals were new express connections to the region’s airports, a park capping the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, an extension of the Roosevelt Island Tram, new light rail for the Long Island City and Brooklyn waterfronts, the creation of the New York City Department of Food, re-skinned public housing, and reforms to ease the production of affordable housing. Pictured above are proposals on four formulas for sensible zoning (Mark Ginsberg), bicycle super-highways (Paul Steely White), floating islands in New York Bay (Mark Thomann), and 5,000 greenstreets (Nette Thompson). These proposals have been collected in a publication on Next New York – now available in PDF online and shortly in print form. Check out the range of interesting proposals for the future.


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