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NYU's Expansion Battle Continues; Architecture Fights Obesity

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GREENWICH VILLAGE?Tomorrow marks yet another step in New York University's battle to expand, and the rest of the city's battle to keep those purple people eaters at bay. Legal skirmish upon legal skirmish has ensued since the school's 2 million-square-foot expansion plan was approved last year, but a judge can still overturn it all, so opponents are still expected to show up in full force to sway the balance, included neighborhood celebs like Padma Lakshmi. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

CITYWIDE?Mayor Bloomberg and his peeps today announced a brand-new initiative to fight obesity. He launched the Center for Active Design, whose mission is to use the architecture (!!!) of buildings and public spaces as an intentional means to keep New Yorkers more fit. Measures include promoting (but not requiring, you know, for ADA reasons and all that) stair use in all structures. The general idea is to encourage physical movement inside as well as purposely create transportation outlets and recreational spaces that do the same. Instead of trying to ban large sodas or posting calorie counts, now the mayor is making us take the stairs?and, ideally, well-designed ones. What will the man think of next? [CurbedWire Inbox; official]