All posts by Noam Bramson

New Rochelle Traffic Pattern: Back to the Future?

Over the weekend, the Journal News ran this article about a potentially big shift in New Rochelle’s downtown traffic patterns — changing Main and Huguenot Streets from one-way to two-way. There are good arguments to be made both for and against this idea.  On the pro side, a two-way pattern could provide easier access to … Continue reading New Rochelle Traffic Pattern: Back to the Future?

Widespread Reaction to Group Home Statement

This especially nice tweet from @chrislhayes is an example of the feedback I have received since posting a statement about a group home for four young men with autism in New Rochelle.  My comments have now been viewed more than 10,000 times on my website and many more times on other sites.  Having expected a … Continue reading Widespread Reaction to Group Home Statement

Snapshot from the Westchester Children’s Association

This analysis from the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) provides a useful statistical snapshot of the social and economic conditions facing families in our community.  WCA is compiling similar profiles for all the cities in Westchester.  The degree of social distress in the urban centers of the region is a stark reminder that Westchester’s idyllic image … Continue reading Snapshot from the Westchester Children’s Association

Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan

For almost a century, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has been at the forefront of efforts to address economic, environmental, transportation, and infrastructure challenges in the New York metropolitan area. RPA’s work is important and often visionary, so I was delighted to be invited to help draft RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a document that … Continue reading Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan

Summer Concerts (Plus a Food Truck) in New Rochelle

The City and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) are teaming up again to present the Summer Sounds concert series at Hudson Park – Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.   Here’s the full schedule.  Every performance is free, so bring a blanket, chair, or picnic basket and enjoy a terrific evening.  For more information … Continue reading Summer Concerts (Plus a Food Truck) in New Rochelle

Group Home Comments Stir Discussion

Since posting my thoughts last week about a group home controversy in New Rochelle, I’ve been astonished by the response — a huge number of comments from here in our own community and from around the country, many quite personal and moving.  My comments were also picked up by  Political Wire, which featured this podcast … Continue reading Group Home Comments Stir Discussion

Upbeat Financial Report for New Rochelle

The Great Recession took a serious toll on New Rochelle’s finances – just as it impacted communities all around America.  Lean budgets, tough choices, and good financial management helped get us through the worst of the economic downtown with core services intact, but the financial strain shaped almost every major decision. Now, as the national … Continue reading Upbeat Financial Report for New Rochelle