Private transit in the form of livery vans are now sanctioned as part of a year long pilot pushed by Mayor Bloomberg that will compete with public bus and taxi for areas not well-served by the city's extensive, but hard-hit transit network.
Jun 28, 2010 The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
A public art project that appeared in Brisbane, Australia proposes a "priority seating area for people who want conversation" in order to encourage friendly chatter on public buses.
Jun 27, 2010 I (heart) Public Space
In the face of an $800 million budget gap, the MTA just blinked, closing the W and V lines on Friday night. More than 30 bus routes are also scheduled to close in an effort to save $93 million.
Jun 26, 2010 Associated Press
Martin Pedersen of Metropolis Magazine explains how a city ordinance termed the 'plaza bonus,' lead to the creation of more than five hundred "privately financed, privately owned, but public spaces."
Jun 26, 2010 Metropolis
New York City is moving forward with a plan to create a singular clearinghouse of public agency information -- an effort to help improve the way city departments work together.
Jun 25, 2010 Urban Omnibus
The perils of drinking and driving have been well documented - but what of drinking and riding the subway? While the latter only endangers oneself for the most part, crashes can still happen - in this piece, a $2.3 million award was overturned.
Jun 24, 2010 The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
The new Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York is opening bit by bit. <em>Places</em> talks with Matthew Urbanski, one of the principal designers behind the park about its design and impact.
Jun 22, 2010 Places
New York City's Department of Transportation has been experimenting with "warm-mix asphalt", which emits fewer emissions because it only has to be heated to 200 degrees.
Jun 21, 2010 NY DOT
Patrick Arden reports that "No other parks system in America relies as much on other people's money" as New York. Arden examines the public-private partnership, and problems inherent in relying on donations to maintain parks.
Jun 21, 2010 Next American City
Goldman Sachs' new headquarters in New York is "modern but nowhere near the architectural cutting edge; neither cheap nor extravagant; and efficient without seeming merely functional." Paul Goldberger dissects the new Henry Cobb design.
Jun 16, 2010 The New Yorker