Scotty can you hear us? Manhattan Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling attention to the 129 stalled construction sites in Manhattan in a 44-page report with the Curbed-approved title "Arrested Development." Besides the bad publicity generated by a bunch of unfinished construction zones, the sites are neighborhood eyesores. Gothamist relays that "37% of these sites had problems with litter, 60% had fencing that was in disrepair or vandalized, and half of the sites had sidewalk obstructions." In an offensive maneuver, Stringer proposes legislation permitting the city to partner with developers to convert stalled sites into temporary public spaces, similar to programs in San Francisco and Seattle that have turned dead zones into "vibrant street environments" in the form of food vendors, parking, performing arts spaces, and greenmarkets.
· Manhattan's Stalled Construction Sites Could Become Urban Oases [Gothamist]
· http://www.mbpo.org/release_details.asp?id=1838 [Scott Stringer]
· NYC Stalled Sites List Past Its Peak, But the Map's Still Full [Curbed]