Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Transforming City

In six days we New Yorkers will be going to the polls to elect a new mayor and a whole slew of new public officials. We will be deciding how our city is governed for the next four years -- and, like all politicians, they are promising a great transformation of the city's economy, schools, and transportation, housing, etc. -- while all the while being "fiscally responsible."

But the transformation is already taking place on a literal level. In the next four years, things both noticeable and unnoticeable will literally be changing the shape of this town.

New subway cars are coming that will look like big accordions without doors separating the cars. 

New water tunnels are being constructed that will change the delivery of water to our taps, with sewers and tunnels creating a whole new subterranean city. 

Just today, the city approved the construction a new mall on Staten Island that will be centered around a gigantic ferris wheel.

And One World Trade Center is nearing completion as the tallest building in NYC. Recently the elusive graffiti artist Banksy published an editorial calling it "vanilla" and something that would be built in Canada. However you feel about it, this building will be dominating the NYC skyline for decades to come. 

So the face and innards of our city is changing. We are constantly being reincarnated.

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