This was passed on to me by a neighbor:
“Greening Libraries ==>Greener Communities”
Co-Sponsored by the Library Association of the City University of New York & the New York Public Library
DATE: Friday, October 31, 2008
WHERE: Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458.
WHEN: 9:00 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Majora Carter, Founder, Sustainable South Bronx
A MacArthur Genius Fellow, one of Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans in 2007, one of the NY Post’s Most Influential NYC Women for the past two years, and a board member of the Wilderness Society
Raz Godernik, Ecolibris
Shannon Binns, Green Press Initiative
Andrew Van Der Laan,
Director, Senior Project Manager Publishing Operations Projects Group, Random House, Inc.
Daniel Heuberger AIA, Dattner Architects
Jim Lloyd, Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations, Baruch College
John Denham, DenhamWolf
Ines Sucre, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center
Frederick W. Stoss read more »
This comes from the Municipal Art Society: (I can't make it...will be doing the final practice run of my talk for the International C. elegans Meeting at UCLA, but sounds good!)
New Yorkâ€™s waterfront is being transformed. From Brooklyn Bridge Park to Throgâ€™s Neck on the East River alone, over 1000 acres of redevelopment is slated to occur over the upcoming years. This scale of development is an enormous opportunity - and a risk. Too much waterfront development in recent years has created sterile, privatized places that donâ€™t do justice to New York.
Now is the time to set an agenda to ensure we create an East River waterfront that reflects the diversity, vibrancy and future sustainability of New York. Responding to the Mayorâ€™s bold plan to reclaim 90% of New Yorkâ€™s waterways for recreational use, the Municipal Art Society and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance are part of a coalition of over 40 groups that is launching the East River Agenda on next Thursday, June 21st on East River Day. read more »
Oak Point is a very heavily industrialized, isolated neighborhood in the South Bronx. It juts out into the Harlem River, adjoins a rail-line and is close to the Interstate.
After the jump is a somewhat long-winded press release from opponents of a Bloomberg Administration plan to build a jail in the South Bronx at one of the last undeveloped industrial sites in New York City.
The Punch line: the people want Jobs not a Jail on the site. They will march at 5PM on Friday April 13, 2007 from 976 Longwood Avenue (Take the #6 local to Longwood Ave.) to the Oak Point site.
If you have never been to the South Bronx, this is your chance.
There are complex policy issues at the root of this dispute. Those of you who attended the Drum Major Institute conference on the future of middle class in New York City, may recall there was a stark conflict which was never addressed. In a key speech Adam Friedman, director of the NY Industrial Retention Network showed listeners the importance of industry to NYC residents. Unfortunately, in my view, Mayor Bloomberg has vigorously opposed any industrial development in NYC in favor, usually, for luxury housing -- but in this case -- as a special favor to the people of the South Bronx, a jail. For more on the proposals see Maggie Williams DMI post here. Call Kelly Terry-Septulveda 347-539-1191 for more info. read more »
The Albany Project has a brilliant run of the numbers from November's election for the state Senate. Bottom line: Democratic candidates got 51.1% of the votes, republicans 47.7%. However, the resultant distribution of seats in the legislature is 45.2% Democrats, 54.8% republicans, at 28 to 34 seats respectively. The average population size for a Democratic district is 310,339; for a republican district, the number is 302,558. The over-representation of republicans in the legislature amounts to 7.1%, based on the discrepancy between their total of the popular vote and their number of seats, or, read differently, gives them a representation that is 26% higher than they would have been entitled to if the popular vote were the controlling factor.
Theodore Roosevelt once quipped that the state Senate is constitutionally republican, and so it has been since almost beyond living memory. The question should be whether that is a sufficient legal shield for Joe Bruno's well-crafted majority-protection scheme. There appear to be two legal bases for challenging the districts of the state Senate: one man, one vote and the 14th amendment's guarantees as spelled out in the Voting Rights Act. read more »