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
I recently sat down with Ina Aronow of the League of Women Voters for a really good half-hour discussion. Our talk focused mainly on future development plans, but also looked back at last year’s campaign and at the Echo Bay project. Please watch.
This article in the Times highlights both a challenge and an opportunity for our region. Like other suburban counties, Westchester has been losing population in the 25-44 age range. That’s a problem for all of us, because younger professionals are vital to attracting jobs, supporting our housing market, and encouraging cultural vitality. The good news … Continue reading Competing for Younger Residents
I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house. Here is copy of my prepared remarks. Or you can view this webcast. Every year, I try to make the most of this occasion by celebrating accomplishments, confronting challenges, and establishing goals. It’s a good way to set a course … Continue reading State of the City 2014
When I consider the word “branding,” the first thought that pops into mind is an uncomfortable cow. The second is an advertising campaign for some consumer product. But the truth is that “branding” can be very useful for almost anything you want to identify clearly and market effectively . . . including a city. New … Continue reading Not Just for Cattle
As the busiest stop along Westchester’s portion of the New Haven line, the New Rochelle train station welcomes thousands of riders every day, serves as a vital gateway to our community, and sits at the heart of our economic development strategy. The station house itself is a charming old structure, and the garage next door … Continue reading Concierge Desk Planned for Train Station
With studies on transit-oriented growth and traffic patterns completed, the City is now poised to take the next step by seeking a “master” developer for multiple sites around Main Street and the New Rochelle train station. Compared to the traditional project review and approval process, master development agreements typically encompass a wider range of locations, … Continue reading The Next Step
This week’s Westchester Business Journal has a good article about New Rochelle’s fiscal position and economic development objectives. Check it out.
We’re working to make the Main Street area more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists (and less car-dependent.) But safe, convenient and attractive parking is still very important to the health of any business district. That’s why New Rochelle has installed user-friendly meters, landscaped lots, and taken other actions to upgrade our parking facilities. As a … Continue reading City Looks to Improve Parking Management
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