Here are a handful of articles that Resident has successfully produced in the past 30+ years:
As an Upper East Sider himself Rudolph Giuliani could be expected to be personally concerned about development in his neighborhood. But, were he to be elected the next mayor of New York, and the first Republican mayor since John Lindsay, how would he address the issue?
“There is a tension, and I think it’s a healthy one, between preserving the best of our city, preserving its integrity and fostering development that increases and expands our society,” Giuliani told the approximately 60 people at a recent breakfast sponsored by the community group R.E.A.S.O.N. (Rezone Our Arterials/Save Our Neighborhood).
I am not favorably inclined to overdevelopment. As mayor, I would mandate a serious discussion with each neighborhood to create an overall neighborhood plan, a rough approximation of how a neighborhood should look. But the plan must be flexible, open to change for progress.”
Giuliani continually stressed the need for discussion and dialogue between communities and officials, “When you sit and talk, the solutions you get are a lot more reasonable than when screaming at each other from opposite sides of the newspaper. “To a community that has long sought a more active role in planning, Giuliani’s words were truly music to their ears, even those who later suggested that although the intentions were honorable, the execution of such ideas as the neighborhood plan was improbable.
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THE TRUMP CARD
You saw them there back in March smiling and shaking hands like they had just reached a long-sought peace settlement in the Middle East. There they were, community civic groups from the Upper West Side and Donald Trump, master builder, taking pride in a new agreement for a downsized version of Trump City on the last major piece of undeveloped land in Manhattan.
The civic groups hailed the plan as a victory: Trump would abandon his massive 14.5 million square-foot office and residential giant (which included a 150-story skyscraper) and cut it down to 8.3 million square feet. There’d be an enlarged park, relocated Westside Highway and a continuation of the city grid plan through the development.
They even next the existential trump city moniker in favor of the more neighborhoody “Riverside South.”
It was everything the upper West side wanted. Or was it?
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