PlaNYC Charging Ahead

Though its flagship congestion pricing proposal was nixed by the state legislature, New York City's PlaNYC environmental plan is moving forward. Neal Peirce takes a look at its progress.
September 28, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Out of the limelight, however, two-thirds of PlaNYC's 127 recommended steps are reported to be on time or ahead of schedule. In the plan's public accounting, released each Earth Day, advances include a sharp increase in more clean-fuel taxis, $100 million yearly outlays for efficiency upgrades of government buildings, and first cutbacks in city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Some 200,000 trees have been planted, 20 pilot projects begun to clean up city waterways, 79 new playgrounds constructed.

And in contrast to 'here today, gone tomorrow' initiatives in many cities, a remarkably strong base for long-term progress appears to have been set."

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Published on Sunday, September 27, 2009 in Citiwire
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