The Future for Empire State Future

This year’s State of the State and budget proposal offers lots of good Smart Growth news…potentially. There is a meaningful amount of new state money proposed for Downtown revitalization, waste water repairs, the Environmental Protection Fund, and municipal consolidation encouragement. There was also a lot said about advancing infrastructure statewide, including the MTA Downstate and […]

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Pioneering Ithaca Pedestrian-Only Downtown Zone Completes Facelift

Ithaca Commons, a forty-year-old no-car zone covering several blocks in downtown Ithaca, New York, is considered a pioneer in the “pedestrian mall” concept in the U.S.  The City of Ithaca just unveiled a major renovation of the Commons. Such pedestrian-only districts have been tried in other parts of the country, with mixed success. Charlottesville, Virginia’s […]

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Please Write to HUD

Since 2012, Empire State Future has worked with a coalition seeking to correct elements of Federal housing policy that restricts funding for mixed use projects. FHA, HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs limit loans, loan insurance and mortgages to projects with less than 20-25% commercial use. Thus, for a project to “conform” to the […]

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$5 Billion. So You Say We’re Flush…

Whether you live in Buffalo, Rome, Albany, Brooklyn or Long Island your toilet, your view, your favorite beach, your water supply are all part of our shared water and sewer systems. Our favorite places and most pressing needs interconnect and interrelate and they are among the most under-funded parts of our generally under-funded infrastructure statewide. […]

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At long last, the Cuomo administration has rendered its internationally-awaited decision on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Empire State–and the decision is to prohibit the controversial process from Montauk to Niagara Falls, from Jamestown to Plattsburgh, and everywhere in between. Below are links to some stories about this landmark land use decision. […]

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State announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards

Ending the suspense and anticipation around the Empire State, the Governor has announced the state’s 2014 Regional Economic Development Council grant awards. Empire State Future has been pleasantly surprised with the extent to which these grants have embodied and advanced smart growth and sustainable development principles, practices, and goals. What’s your take on this year’s awards? […]

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