City Council Finally Approves SPURA Plan for Lower East Side

City Council Finally Approves SPURA Plan for Lower East Side

After fifty long years of hemming and hawing, the City Council has finally approved the SPURA redevelopment plan for the Lower East Side. Manhattan won’t be getting a new ski…

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SPURA and Urban Design: Why Settle for a Near-miss?

SPURA and Urban Design: Why Settle for a Near-miss?

Nearly half a century ago, somewhere around 7,000 residents were displaced from their homes on the Lower East Side to make way for an urban renewal project. That area still sits empty…

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NYC's Planning Commission Passes SPURA Redevelopment Plan With a Unanimous Vote

NYC's Planning Commission Passes SPURA Redevelopment Plan With a Unanimous Vote

New York’s City Planning Commission voted yes this week on the controversial SPURA plan that would redevelop the Lower East Side lot and bring a bevy of new buildings (many that are…

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Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Late last month, Community Board 3 approved the “Urban Design Principles,” a set of guidelines for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the Lower East…

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