If you never knew, or thought you knew, the reason why there are no skyscrapers in the middle of the Big Apple, Matt Chaban reports on the true cause, debunking a popular myth.
Jan 20, 2012 The New York Observer
Thomas Balsley has designed more Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in New York than anyone. In this op-ed he expresses his support for continuing to encourage the creation of these spaces, regardless of the ownership issues.
Dec 21, 2011 The New York Observer
Public plazas aren't just for Manhattan. As part of DOT's Public Plazas program, one outer Brooklyn neighborhood has seen a traffic island turned into a pedestrian plaza. Matt Chaban reports on the praise it has earned.
Dec 8, 2011 The New York Observer
While the article is headlined "We Need More Zoning," the body is more about the need to plan public spaces well before architects and developers come in to guide their projects for the public good.
Dec 7, 2011 The New York Observer
Neglected for decades, a group of tenement buildings in New York City are set to be renovated to provide a new source of affordable housing.
Aug 31, 2011 The New York Observer
For Halloween, a group of designers from Steven Holl turned their favorite architects into jack-o-lanterns.
Nov 3, 2010 The New York Observer
A year-old program in New York City intended to convert stalled condo projects into completed affordable housing has yet to make any progress.
Sep 17, 2010 The New York Observer
Adolfo Carrion, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, has announced plans to leave his position, trading it for a post in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
May 4, 2010 The New York Observer
<p>This article from <em>The New York Observer</em> looks at how New York City might be different with more "livable streets".</p>
Aug 2, 2008 The New York Observer
<p>Daniel Doctoroff, deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding in New York, discusses the changing (and more deliberate) way the city now goes about pursuing development projects.</p>
Dec 16, 2007 The New York Observer