IDEAS CITY: Istanbul kicked off with a keynote by Amanda Burden, Commissioner of the NYC Department of City Planning. Under the Bloomberg administration, Commissioner Burden has spearheaded the largest planning effort in NYC since 1961. Her talk directly addressed IDEAS CITY’s 2013 theme of “Untapped Capital,” building an argument that emphasized how our Manhattan-centric focus was finally yielding to a larger framework, which includes all five boroughs—underutilized assets that would become a key factor in accommodating the predicted one million additional people who will call New York home by 2030. In tandem, the city must leverage its robust public transportation system that connects the boroughs. “So we focus on what we call transit-oriented development,” Burden explained, “Our goal, laid out in PlaNYC, is that 95 percent of all new development be located within a ten-minute walk of a subway stop. Today, we have already achieved 87 percent.”
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