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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton of the Center for an Urban Future discuss their new report on "51 Things the Obama Administration Should do for New York City."

Guests:

Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton

Comments [52]

Clarence Eckerson Jr. from Brooklyn

1 - More funds for mass transit.

2 - More funds for mass transit.

3 - More funds for mass transit.

4 - More funds for mass transit.

And finally...

5 - Make Thursdays free chocolate chip cookies day.

Jan. 22 2009 04:26 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: You can't disprove or argue what I say. That's on you and is reflected in your attempts to ascribe absurd notions to me. But, if you're looking for folks who paint with a broad brush, go talk to Robert "white men need not apply" Reich.

Jan. 22 2009 03:44 PM
hjs from 11211

long
broad brush - "they" they all do this they all do that.

bomb them- you talk as if they are invading!!

Jan. 22 2009 12:51 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: what broad brush? everything I wrote is true. Why would I want to bomb Mexico? Did they declare war on us?

Jan. 22 2009 12:38 PM
hjs from 11211

long

but we had an election and the voters chose a different path. so we have to move on or wait 4 years. we both respect the process of electing a president. right?
as for the mexican and other immigrants. they are hard workers. harder than the americans I know. since we do need them we should treat them with respect.

Jan. 22 2009 12:34 PM
hjs from 11211

long 45
very broad brush!
maybe if you believe in collective punishment we could just bomb mexico for 2 weeks and call it even?

Jan. 22 2009 12:27 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: A military tribunal works for me.

Jan. 22 2009 12:25 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: ...and depress wages, send their money home, commit id theft, skip out on taxes, defy deportation orders and get public housing (see Obama's aunt for the last two). And then they march in the streets under their home country's flag making demands of US citizens.

Jan. 22 2009 12:23 PM
hjs from 11211

long
there should be a trail before the penalty. right??

Jan. 22 2009 12:20 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: they're not criminals, they're jihadists. But, maybe you're right and there shouldn't be any penalty for taking up a war against the USA.

Jan. 22 2009 12:18 PM
hjs from 11211

Longstreet
re: mexicans
but pick our lettuce, mow our lawn, build our buildings, turn our lights our on saturdays?
who will subsidize our credit based middle class?

Jan. 22 2009 12:18 PM
hjs from 11211

Longstreet
reparations in the form of a small business loan/grant!

it is a fair idea. for someone who was never tried for any crime, held for 5 years, maybe experimented on, i guess the least we owe them back pay. but if the are resettled I understand there is a photo opt ranch in texas that no one has use for any more.

Jan. 22 2009 12:13 PM
Longstreet from NYC area

hjs: Absolutely not. These innocent, lost souls deserve some type of reparations from this cruel, sadistic country. I say set up in public housing somewhere in lower manhattan.
Peter: If your friends of Mexican descent actually want to leave this country for the 3rd world paradise that is Mexico, then they by all means, let them.

Jan. 22 2009 12:06 PM
Thomas Holman from Douglaston, Queens, NY

The federal government should enforce recycling statutes on cities. While NYC collects recyclables it does not in fact separate & recycle the materials.

Jan. 22 2009 12:02 PM
Ada Silverstein from Manhattan, New York

1. Universal Medicare type health insurance.
2. convert the present Highway Fund to a Mass Transit/Rail Fund. (It''s our money--we should be able to use it where we need it--not where developers and special interest folds want)
3. Stimulate the economy by investing in green infrastructure, i.e., a new electric grid which services solar from our deserts and wind from our mountains and seacoasts.
4. Dump NCLB! Teachers know how to assess and test children--government just needs to do it periodically to check that it is going well and know where to send services. Keep disaggregating scores so that we can monitor racial disparities, but stop punishing schools--FIX THEM!
5. Stop Guantanamo and recover our reputation abroad. Talk to enemies--anyone can talk to friends--the trick is to maintain relationships with those who you disagree with.

Jan. 22 2009 12:01 PM
RJ from brooklyn

How about widespread training for plumbers, electricians, car mechanics--blue-collar jobs that used to be trained in vocational schools? They have long been solid, well-paying jobs--and they can't be shipped overseas!

Jan. 22 2009 12:01 PM
amanda from williamsburg

we're running out of space, and we need to turn remaining vacant land into PERMANENT open space- parks and gardens. more gardens will give us more healthy food, better health for residents, cleaner air, and plenty of no-cost recreation.

if we let our few remaining open spaces become more crappy (unwanted) condos, we'll be trapped forever...

Jan. 22 2009 11:59 AM
hjs from 11211

Longstreet
don't u think it would be better if we set them up as small businessmen in their home country?

Jan. 22 2009 11:59 AM
Lane T from New York

1. (44.) Make universal and NOT FOR PROFIT health insurance a reality.
2. (7.) Fund Amtrak (and create a 'national rail initiative') at a level that enables vast improvement to inter-city rail service.
3. (49.) Support and expand arts education in schools (which is a way to support our population of artists).
4. (13.) Reinvest in scientific research and innovation--especially in areas that will help our energy, health and transportation initiatives.
5. (30.) Support career and technical education--as a way to give us back a world class industrial workforce.

Jan. 22 2009 11:58 AM
martha from brooklyn

Brian, you tweak our noses by taking the most foolish or petty suggestion and elevating it above the serious ones. Why should we be good folks and post here if that is our attitude? [That school of journalism, covering only the freakish, is best left for commercial media]
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some serious suggestions:
• Single-payer health care
•Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit & make illegal congestion pricing schemes
•Reform Washington’s anti-urban funding formula for infrastructure projects.
• Fund Amtrak at a level that enables vast improvement to inter-city rail service.
• Mandate arts funding, restart the NEA artists' grants and increase NEA and all arts funding, including in schools
• Address global warming
• Employee free choice act

Jan. 22 2009 11:57 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

I have Mexican students in Sunset Park who have never stepped foot in Mexico but are moving back to Mexico because they just can't afford the city. In fact, one family is still here waiting for their children to receive Mexican citizenship. One of the families has been using a city social service, but because of child care has to cancel a lot of appointments. A therapist actually asked this family to stop coming back because of missed appointments. I feel that some dark times are coming and families are entering into deep crisis. It would be great if families in crisis had more options. The American Dream is escaping us. Anything Obama could do for families in crisis would be appreciated.

Jan. 22 2009 11:56 AM
Robert from Manhattan

End discriminatory federal immigration laws that separate binational same-sex couples.

Jan. 22 2009 11:55 AM
Nichol McGrane from Williamsburg, Brooklyn


1. Ban plastic bags (or at least free plastic bags)
2. Make universal health insurance a reality
3. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.
4. Revise how graduation rates are calculated to remove incentives that currently reward “push-outs.”
5. Allow leashed dogs on the subway (or at least my leashed dog). I'll pay for his ride!

Jan. 22 2009 11:55 AM
Sean Dwyer from Manhattan

Reform the tax system to make the very wealthy pay their fair. That way these worthy priorities won't have to compete.

Jan. 22 2009 11:55 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

Isn't daylight saving time decided by the state? Arizona does not obey DST.

Jan. 22 2009 11:53 AM
Ronald from Jamaica, Queens

1. Allocate anti-terror funds based on risk, not pork.
3. Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show
loophole.

5. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending
that goes to mass transit.

26. Improve access to higher education.
28. Mend, don’t end, the No Child Left Behind Act

Jan. 22 2009 11:52 AM
Mark Leach from Manhattan

Enact more stringent consumer protections on banks and credit
card issuers.
Grant states and localities more discretion to protect consumers
through regulations.

Aggressively prosecute Wall Street crooks.

Jan. 22 2009 11:50 AM
Jen

Shore up our infrastructure: reinforce bridges, strengthen public transit (subway, commuter rail, buses, ferries), bring back docks, improve electricity grid, expand crowded airports

Jan. 22 2009 11:49 AM
Longstreet from NYC area

Now that we're closing it down, how about release the boys from gitmo into NYC? After all, this country has so badly mistreated them that it's only fair that they get another shot at life. What better place to get a fresh start? Any takers?

Jan. 22 2009 11:45 AM
Evelyn McKenna from Jackson Heights

My top five are from the oldest to youngest-
1. help the elders in our village(NYC) with health&money
issues so they live out their lives well
2. secure pensions for middle-aged people who are
scared out their wits about how they will pay for retirement
3. encourage more job security and automatic raises
and paid education for younger workers so we reward their energetic commitment to their field -blue collar or white
4. help with college funds on all levels- especially
community college (hire more staff faculty also)
technical schools and traditional colleges.
5. make more choices available for young people
from birth in the day- more day-care choices, more
clarity in the elementary school process, more gym,
more art, more fields, more for teen girls to do,
more opt for working parents (besides the library) in
the 3-6pm hours.

Jan. 22 2009 11:39 AM
Ellen Diamond from Manhattan

. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

. Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show loophole.

. Support and expand arts education in schools.

. Do more to provide supportive housing for the mentally ill.

.Help small and mid-sized manufacturers compete through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program.

Jan. 22 2009 11:38 AM
Jake from manhattan

If I could have President Obama's ear, I would make my humble plea for the arts. Science and mathematics provide for economic prosperity and technological advancement, but the arts are the language of love. And love is humanity's single greatest virtue.

Jan. 22 2009 11:38 AM
ruth n. from brooklyn

1. Allocate anti-terror funds based on risk, not pork.

2. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit, conditioning that support on implementation of a car free zone in midtown. The emphasis should be on forcing people, particularly suburbanites to use public transportation

3. Make universal health insurance a reality.

4. Invest (on a nationwide basis) in a new system of education that does not depend on the ridiculous principle that everyone is entitled to a college degree (regardless of how unwarranted and useless in the job market). Institute a testing system for public higher education somewhat like that in the UK (or the one employed for New York's tested high schools) and subsidize higher education for gifted students, especially those with talents in science and technology. Institute a high school curriculum that includes vocational education in 21st century service/medical vocations -- medical records tech, dental/medical/MRI, etc techs -- and job training for skilled trades.

5. Simplify and radically enforce taxation laws so that the federal state and local governments can collect and use the taxes due them....if we could collect the taxes that people owe, we'd be much better off. Remember that taxes=services & that tax evaders are stealing from all of us.

Jan. 22 2009 11:36 AM
Gina Green from Bayside NY

The most important thing that President Obama should do for NY city and US is reinvestigate the 9-11 incident with a independent commission

Jan. 22 2009 11:30 AM
Ellen Diamond from Manhattan

1. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

2. Set national goals of prevention and recuperation for disconnected youth and appoint a policy coordinator to work across Cabinet agency lines in meeting the targets.

3. Support and expand arts education in schools.
4. Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show loophole.

5.Fund Amtrak at a level that enables vast improvement to inter-city rail service.

Jan. 22 2009 11:28 AM
jason from NYC

Pardon Plaxico...

Jan. 22 2009 11:27 AM
moira egan from manhattan

. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show loophole.

Do more to provide supportive housing for the mentally ill.
Restore funding for public housing.
Take immediate steps to ensure that the 2010 Census does not
undercount New York and other cities.

Jan. 22 2009 11:27 AM
steve in greenpoint from greenpoint, brooklyn

* Make SINGLE PAYER universal health insurance a reality.

* Create a large-scale, nationwide initiative to retrofit buildings.

* Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

* Increased support for arts organizations and individual artists, musicians, etc. Artists are economic engines for developing neighborhoods!

* Increase taxes on the super-rich.

Jan. 22 2009 11:27 AM
Lucas T Nascimento from Long Island City, NY

Over 1 out of every 3 New Yorkers is a non-citizen... Nearly half of the City's labor-force is made up of non-citizens.

President Obama can improve the quality of the lives of New York's immigrant families, while giving a boost to local wages and the economy, by including a fair and just legalization program for those deserving non-citizens who have expressed a genuine "intent" to work and to make the United States their permanent home- but otherwise have been left out of the benefits of legal permanent residency.

It is now time to bring these Americans out from hiding in the shadows, time to give them a voice, and time to let them begin to participate in the political process. That is what true democracy is about!

NYC will be a better place for it, and a much better home for all Americans, once we can all share in the equality, liberty, and freedom that we are guaranteed by the constitution of the United States!

Jan. 22 2009 11:25 AM
Robert from Manhattan

1. Make universal health insurance a reality.
2. END the No Child Left Behind Act.
3. Reinvest in scientific research and innovation.
4. Support and expand arts education in schools.
5. Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show loophole.

Jan. 22 2009 11:25 AM
esquared from Union Square/East Village

Suspend or abolish term limits, and everything will just fall into places (i.e. no Bloomberg in NYC= no or less gentrification/luxification/ eminent domination of the city).

Jan. 22 2009 11:24 AM
Amy Chazkel from Brooklyn

Dear Brian Lehrer,

I would like to add an important item omitted from the list of 51 Top Things Obama can do for NYC:

SHOW A STRONG FEDERAL COMMITMENT TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE.

Only with some sort of federal pressure and/or incentive will states come through with any sort of paid family leave bill, as recent history (including in NY state) has shown.

This would dramatically improve the lives, health, and productivity of all New Yorkers.

Sincerely,

Amy Chazkel
Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 22 2009 11:21 AM
kory from brooklyn NY

1. end day light savings time
2. end day light savings time
3. end day light savings time
4. end day light savings time
5. increase funding for MTA

Jan. 22 2009 11:20 AM
Brandon from Park Slope

1- Reinstate Clinton's Safe Streets program to bring back the NYPD's staffing to the the 42,000 they used to have before they had to keep crime down AND keep the city safe from terror.

2- Give our teachers the type of respect and pay that Wall Streeters used to have. If my tax dollars are going directly towards executive bonuses then this will spell doom for our future unless double or triple that amount is going towards the salaries of the people who teach our children.

3- Give NYC a financial incentive to put a congestion pricing plan into effect that doesn't just clear the poor off the road for the convenience of the rich, but that benefits any person who uses a clean vehicle or hybrid and penalizes anyone who drives a highly-polluting one into the city.

4- Do something constructive with the thousands of unfinished condo units and holes in the ground that are going to litter the city in the years to come. Buy them, have them finished, and turn them into highly-affordable housing.

5- Learn from the way Jews and Muslims get along in NYC as an example for how it should be done worldwide.

Jan. 22 2009 11:19 AM
Ashwin from Piscataway, NJ

What President Obama can do for New Jersey:
- Federal funding for increasing public transport (more train and bus terminals and lower fairs)
- Federal funding for public works to lower property tax. (NJ has a low rate of return. We pay high taxes and very little in return)
- Stop imports of medications from un-inspected foreign pharmaceutical plants.

Jan. 22 2009 11:18 AM
landless from Brooklyn

Improve the economy in upstate and western New York so that they do not rely upon NYC prisoners for state employment.

Revive second-tier cities.

Restore manufacturing throughout the US.

Shift the economy from finance and real estate.

Jan. 22 2009 11:05 AM
Peter Knutson from Crown heights

1. Commit funds and pressure to establish a true Metropolitan Tax District/ Metropolitan Council across the 3 state area to allow truly coordinated transit, services, and coordinated not competitive urban development from Greenwich to Newark. (Learn from Shanghai or London; treat NYC like the megalopolis it is)

2. Develop a true system for building new market based neighborhood affordable housing. (my neighbors can't afford the $2000 1 bedroom apartments that are creeping into Crown Heights/Bed Stuy, nor should they have to.)

3. Fund Amtrak at a level that enables vast improvement to inter-city rail service with new tracks that allow true high speed intercity rail.

4. Re-establish free tuition CUNY higher education to metro area students that academically qualify.

5. Help establish a system of linked neighborhood scale green energy generation (wind, solar, groundwater heat-exchange) based on locally manufactured products. Generate a new NYC green manufacturing economy.

Jan. 22 2009 10:49 AM
Evan from Brooklyn

Less cars in Manhattan and more pedestrian spaces and segregated bike lanes.

Jan. 22 2009 10:44 AM
Griffin from Brooklyn

Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

Make universal health insurance a reality.

Rebuild the nation’s outmoded electricity delivery system.

Adjust food stamps rules to expand eligibility and participation.

Restore funding for public housing.

Jan. 22 2009 10:44 AM
markBrown from sos-newdeal.blogspot.com and markbnj.blogspot.com

Create a new mandatory service program to our country for post HS kids. it would either be service to the country or military.

(kids going to Post HS education would do their service at their school, in groups of 60-100 in their chosen field. Kids not going college would get to choose their desired profession, and apprentice and learn it while helping to rebuild the country.)

I envision this as a way to get our kids (and US!) involved in rebuilding our country
AND as a way to provide meaningful job education and training (and apprenticeships)
as well as rebuilding the community

Jan. 22 2009 10:40 AM
NC from NYC

1. Mend, don’t end, the No Child Left Behind Act.
(but less emphasis on testing)

2. Initiate new efforts to help low-income Americans build assets.

3. Make universal health insurance a reality.

4. Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit.

5. Create a large-scale, nationwide initiative to retrofit buildings.
(6. Reinvest in scientific research and innovation.)

Jan. 22 2009 10:29 AM
eric620 from Brooklyn

Allocate anti-terror funds based on risk, not pork.

Dramatically increase the share of federal transportation spending that goes to mass transit. - SECOND AVE SUBWAY PLEASE! (And more lines overall, not fewer).

Make universal health insurance a reality.

Overall effort to increase job opportunities for all sectors.

Education, Education, Education.

Jan. 22 2009 10:04 AM

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