Category Archives: Environment & Sustainability

The Fourth Regional Plan

For decades, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has played a vital role in shaping the growth of the New York metropolitan area, addressing the interrelated challenges of transportation, development, sustainability, infrastructure, and land use.  The professionals enlisted by RPA are among the most highly-respected in the world, and their efforts have a significant impact on … Continue reading The Fourth Regional Plan

To Mulch or Not to Mulch – Part II

Last night, the City Council approved a significant change in New Rochelle’s leaf collection policy.  Beginning this fall, loose piles of leaves at curbside will no longer be picked up.  Instead, homeowners (and professional landscapers) will have several options.  The contestants are . . . 1)  Bagging:  Placing leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags that … Continue reading To Mulch or Not to Mulch – Part II

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

As a kid, I lived just up the street from the Nature Study Woods, a large County-owned park with its main entrance on Webster Avenue in New Rochelle.  Lots of fond memories of exploring the trails, venturing along streams on a small inflatable boat, scrambling up rocks, and even inspecting the ruins of old retaining … Continue reading Take a Walk on the Wild Side

City Wins Planning Grants from NYS

When he took office three years ago, Governor Cuomo completely overhauled the State’s grant-making and development assistance process.  Today, municipalities and other entities submit funding requests to regional councils that distribute funding through a competitive, merit-based system.  New Rochelle just received word of two grant awards in the most recent round.  Here’s the text of … Continue reading City Wins Planning Grants from NYS

Downtown Vision Takes Shape

Fresh on the heels of the transit-oriented development plan presented to the City Council last month, this week we received a comprehensive traffic analysis (download warning – it’s a big file) chock full of interesting recommendations.  Together, these two reports help refine our vision for downtown New Rochelle, a vision based on smart growth, better … Continue reading Downtown Vision Takes Shape

Private Virtues Missing in Public Square

Read this article from last Friday’s New York Times.  Then, if you are a parent, imagine this scenario: During a visit to the pediatrician, you learn that your child has contracted a serious degenerative illness.  For now, the symptoms are relatively mild – most of the time, your child seems perfectly fine – but the … Continue reading Private Virtues Missing in Public Square