Hotcold Take: Sometimes A Highrise Is Better Than A Park

Climate cult crazy alert!

Sometimes a High Rise Is Better Than a Park
The best thing New York and other cities can do for the climate is to let more people live there.

“Let”? This is America. If I want to move to a big city like that I can.

Climate change is hitting home everywhere. Just in the last few weeks, extreme heat, floods, and fires have all come to look like part of the new abnormal, and few places are safe. New York is issuing air quality alerts because of wildfires some 3,000 miles west.

Tell California, Oregon, and Washington to do 180’s on their horrible policies which lead to those fires.

Climate policy, too, is increasingly personal, and there’s nothing quite as personal as housing policies—where we live, and how.

Or, you could mind your own f’ing business. Don’t get involved with Other People’s choices.

It’s clear that city living cuts carbon—by around 50% relative to living in suburbia. If cities are part of the answer to climate change, then of course we should be enabling more people to live there. The pandemic flight to the suburbs might have been woefully exaggerated, but cities do have work to do. Task number one: build more housing.

Um, there are lots of studies which say cities are worse for anthropogenic climate change, but, really, this is about trying to force people into overpriced, heavy government handed big cities.

It’s not ideal to trade green space for housing. But more and better housing in cities demands just this kind of tradeoff. Nobody will be deprived of access to green space because of this development. There are two parks within a 2-minute radius of the Elizabeth Street Garden: one that’s tiny but has a mighty playground, the other that’s almost 8 acres, with four play gyms and two soccer fields. They’re also open after 6 p.m., when the organization running Elizabeth Street Garden locks the gates. The proposed development, meanwhile, includes around 6,600 square feet of open outdoor space. Moreover, the garden rezoning has already passed City Council and is now subject to additional lawsuits; the Soho/Noho rezoning has yet to pass.

Those would be green spaces where you do not want to go after dark, because of the extreme criminality. But, seriously, these people are nuts.

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3 Responses to “Hotcold Take: Sometimes A Highrise Is Better Than A Park”

  1. Hairy says:

    The population of red rural America decreases every year
    Better jobs better educational opportunities better heth care the list goes on
    Teach may tell us how horrible these Den run cities are but people are still leaving rural America

    • Kye says:

      In case all you read is left urban propaganda (which is almost all there is what with corporate/government censorship) you need to hear “the population” is also fleeing the high taxes, hi crime blue urban areas. I guess everybody wants to live in the suburbs.

      BTW, the education is better in red rural America, the jobs are just different and since Junta Joe and his band of blue state despots has proven, many if not most of those “better jobs” can be done from home so bye-bye crime and taxes and hello peace and security in the burbs and rural areas. Cities are the paradigm of the last century. Computers have made us free. Well, computers and the demofascists selling out manufacturing to Asia that is.

      BTW, Teach is correct because the numbers prove people are not still leaving rural America for any blue cities. You need to check out the dwindling urban demographics before making broad statements. Name any of the top ten blue cities with growing populations not caused by illegal immigration.

  2. Dana says:

    Our distinguished host quoted:

    Sometimes a High Rise Is Better Than a Park
    The best thing New York and other cities can do for the climate is to let more people live there.

    There sure are a lot of nice apartments in Manhattan . . . for those who can afford them. If you’ve got the bucks, you can take the elevator down from your apartment in Central Park West, nod to the doorman, go to a nice restaurant and have coffee and croissants for your wife and yourself for $52.35.

    Of course, the cooks and the waitresses at that nice restaurant, they are six to a fifth floor walkup north of 96th street, if they even live in Manhattan at all. It’s just as likely that they live out in the Jamaica section of Queens and have to take the E train into work.

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