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Old 01-01-2014, 07:35 AM
 
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Anyone want to make any predictions on what Mayor de Blasio will or will not accomplish while being mayor of NYC?
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Expect a push for lots of new construction in the boroughs outside of Manhattan. He wants 200,000 units built and preserved by the end of his first term which is the equivalent of four Co-op Cities. Given how anti-development most neighborhoods are, I'm not holding my breath.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:59 AM
 
Location: La La Land
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He will manage to NOT alienate 99% of New York City residents?
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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He'll have a chance to "weather" his first potential crisis with the snowstorm.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Location: The East
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Show and prove time. All else is just talk.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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"snowstorm". A foot is nothing.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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My predictions:

1- restaurants will once again be able to donate food to the city's shelters LIKE THEY DO IN OTHER CITIES

2- food sold in those little stores in city agencies will be able to sell FATTENING snacks and food once again.

3- everything that old man did to set the outerboroughs back 50 years will now be overridden

4- I believe funds will be found again to help place homeless families to get apartments again rather than staying in a shelter for the rest of their lives like that miserable old out of touch man was happy doing.


I really do believe there should be an age limit on people to keep or have certain types of positions. If they're stuck in a timewarp and/or refuse to move into the current decade or century, then they should be forced from their positions and put out to pasteur.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Westminster, London
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New Yorkers get the mayor they deserve at the end of the day.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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New Yorkers get the mayor they deserve at the end of the day.
Yup. Good n' hard.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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I am hoping he turns his attention (and $$) to developing the 4 other boroughs, and this is some of my wish list:

1. Let's make 125th street a new Central Business District with affordable commercial towers lining 125th for non-profits, entreprenuers, artists, industry incubators, tech firms, green firms, and similar. It should maintain retail on the ground level, and become a great business sector and revenue generator for the city..an affordable business alternate to the high rents in midtown and downtown.

2. Develop the Southern Bronx waterfront into a mixed income community with dense housing towers, retail, commercial space, restaurants, green space, waterfront parks, pedestrian zones. As part of this development, there should also be a commercial business sector as well.

3. Revolutionize sanitation in this city. No longer should we have plastic bags piled 4 feet high crowding the sidewalk, feeding the rats, and ripping open for garbage to fly around the city. There needs to be a massive change in how we collect and dispose of garbage in this city.

4. Invest in major quality of life initiatives that have been very successful in Manhattan and expand them into the 4 other boroughs, including protected bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, traffic mitigating streetscapes, dedicated recycling garbage cans, and new parks/upgraded parks.

5. Eliminate S&F and engage in community oriented policing based on the needs of particular areas. Increase foot patrols and police presence in the handful of communities which drive crime in NYC, instead of casting nets and arresting everyone for the crime of being outside. Retrain the department to understand that their role is to protect and serve the public, not to instill fear and subjugate. Adding cameras on clothing for all police officers would eliminate many issues on both sides.

6. Destroy Laguardia airport and start over, preferably somewhere in South Brooklyn. The airport is horrendous, poorly served by public transportation, and is dangerous!

7. Invest in the existing public housing stock (specifically the housing projects), and provide a better QOL for residents. If it means rents must increase, so be it. We cannot have dilapidated public housing which is not only dangerous for residents and an eyesore for the city, but also the disinivestment directly/indirectly leads to a major crime driver for the city.

8. Continue the aggressive expansion of affordable housing, except make it affordable to middle income residents who earn from $60,000-$120,000 (based on family size). These are the people leaving the city in droves for lack of quality affordable housing and the residents we most need to stay.

9. Push the green agenda, put solar panels and wind turbines on all public/government buildings and housing projects, and lure as many green jobs and developments as possible.

10. Diversify the economic engine of NYC away from finance/stock market, and disseminate these new industries to the other 4 boroughs so they each have their own distinct economic drivers/generators.

11. Expanding select bus service, dedicated bus lanes, light rail/street cars, and train service linking Bronx/Queens/Brooklyn directly should be developed.

If we could move forward with even 1/2 of these his term will be wildly successful in a way that Bloomberg's never was.
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