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Sustainable development planning fo the east end
July 29, 2005 @ 12:00 am EDT
Members and friends,
Today’s speaker was New York Metropolitan Council Director, Gerry Bogacz, and the topic was “Sustainable East End Development”.
Mr. Bogacz began by explaining how old communities in the
The Council has taken great pains to develop plans by involving the numerous communities in the “visioning process.” As a result of this extensive effort, the resistance to make changes is still there, but less hostile than most of these endeavors can be.
There are many aspects of the East end suggestions. Among them are the combined rail and street vehicle possibilities on the right of way of the existing Long Island Railroad. This is a creative design that was originally proposed by planner Dr. Koppleman many years ago, and further developed by LIMBA board member Dr. Clifford Bragdon more recently.
There are proposals for inter-hamlet transportation links served by light rails or buses, and an extensive systems of water taxis on
The essential elements of any new planning is to not disrupt the unique qualities of the east end. Not an easy task. On the other hand the present difficult transportation problems are recognized by everyone.
The enthusiastic and curious audience began asking questions before the formal remarks were finished, and we continued in a conversational exchange that could have gone on a long time, but with a little discipline we were able to finish almost on time. Gerry stayed around for about 30 minutes more to answer many more questions on an individual basis.
Many thanks to Gerry Bogacz for an interesting and well presented discussion.
Next week our speaker will be Brian Foley. Mr. Foley is a member of the Suffolk Legislator and is a candidate for the Brookhaven Town Supervisor. More on that next week, meanwhile have a nice weekend.