Let's hand the mic straight to Streetsblog:
As reported in this week's Observer a team working under Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff has, for the last year or so, been secretly developing a sweeping, new urban planning vision for New York City. In its scope and ambition, the Observer compares the plan to the 1811 layout of Manhattan's street grid system and the 1929 Regional Plan that gave us many of today's highways and parks. A significant piece of the plan was developed by Alex Garvin & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the planning and development of the urban public realm. Garvin is best known to many New Yorkers as the lead planner for the NYC 2012 Olympics bid... Streetsblog was given a copy of the Garvin Report by a City Hall insider in June. Not wanting to jeopardize the potential for this innovative plan to move forward, we held off on writing about it. But with the Mayor's long-awaited speech on land use and transportation four months late and postponed indefinitely, with transportation and public space issues nowhere near the top of the Bloomberg Administration's second term agenda, and with the story out in today's Observer, there doesn't seem to be any point in continuing to hold this.
The upshot: they've scanned the entire 91-page PDF and uploaded it to their site, where you can download it. Here's where you come in. We've parsed one of the most interesting bits after the jump. If you read the report, point others out in the comments. We'll summarize the best of the report in a later post. Get cracking!
Before we get too worked up, a word of caution, also from Streetsblog: "As of yet, it is not known whether the Garvin Report has influenced any city policy. It may just be yet another study gathering dust on a shelf in City Hall."
One big idea, seen above, anoints Queens' Sunnyside Railyards as utopia, "the city's single greatest opportunity to increase the housing supply and simultaneously improve the quality of the public realm." Cue developer stampede!
· First Look at Bloomberg's Sweeping New Vision for NYC [Streetsblog]
· The Shape of Things to Come: View City in the Year 2026! [Observer]