Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reappropriating industrial New York

A neat article in the NYT on a forum at the Municipal Arts Society for finding new uses -- including low-income housing -- for abandoned industrial buildings.

This is a truly remarkable statistic, if it's true. ("She" is a real estate historian from the Municipal Arts Society.)

"Demolition is incredibly wasteful,” she said. “In New York City, 60 percent of our waste stream is demolition and construction debris which is significantly higher than the rest of the country, and we have to ship our demolition debris to other mid-Atlantic states."

60% of our trash is from demolition! Our trash is, quite literally, historical debris!

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