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The first-ever woman to lead Muni at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was appointed last week, following the retirement of a man dogged by sexual harassment allegations. Julie Kirschbaum is the new acting SFMTA director of transit, which she announced to the agency’s transit division on October 29. “It is a great honor for me to step into the role,” she wrote in an internal email to all of SFMTA’s 6,000 or so staff. “As a rider and a parent of two small riders, I am eternally grateful for the excellent service you deliver every day under increasingly challenging conditions.” Kirschbaum joined the SFMTA in 2007 and has more than 20 years of experience in transportation, according to SFMTA. She served as a senior transportation planner with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority before joining SFMTA to lead its Transit Effectiveness Project, which overhauled Muni routes across The City to meet the needs of a shifting San … [Read more...] about First-ever woman named SF Muni chief
For decades, Inwood has been one of New York City’s untouched gems. Nestled among rivers and rolling forest at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, the 500-acre neighborhood has again and again batted away the forces of gentrification — until now. As the city confronts an affordable housing crisis, it has finally opened up Inwood to developers, generating fear among longtime residents and business owners who take pride in a place unlike any other in Manhattan. Leafy and hilly, and with no building over 17 stories, Inwood is the most affordable neighborhood in the city’s most expensive borough. Last August, Inwood became the fifth neighborhood to be rezoned under Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat whose signature housing plan calls for major development in up to 15 areas citywide — a strategy that aims to preserve and create hundreds of thousands of below-market units. Building restrictions have been eased in parts of Inwood to allow for much taller residential … [Read more...] about It’s Manhattan’s Last Affordable Neighborhood. But for How Long?
No bridge tolls without polls Brooklyn: When, in the 1890s, voters in what is now the five boroughs were asked to combine into a City of Greater New York, each county’s vote was to be counted separately so the failure of the vote in even one county would defeat the measure. A majority of Kings County was opposed. To convince residents to change their minds, merger proponents offered a compromise: If the people voted yes to consolidation, all tolls on current and future bridges between the boroughs would be eliminated after the bridges were paid off. When the vote to consider merging the counties into five boroughs was taken, most of the county still voted against the merger. But Flatlands, a community of farmers, supported the consolidation because of a hope for new and better markets for their produce. The measure passed Kings County by 277 votes. When a mayor of the City of Greater New York then refused to remove the tolls from the bridges, the people were outraged. … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on bridge tolls, Bruce Jenner and Baltimore
The U.S hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in three key areas from Oct. 8 to Oct.14.Occupancy rates were up 2.4% to 72.3% compared with the week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 15 last year. The average daily rate reached $130.83, an increase of 5.3% over the same time last year. And revenue per available room was up 7.8% to $94.58. That’s all based on the latest data from research firm STR.Hoteliers have responded to the positive trajectory with a slate of new openings, renovations and other updates. Here are some notable ones. Marriott Marquis Chicago debutsThe Windy City has a new hotel, and it's a big one.The $350 million Marriott Marquis Chicago has opened its doors. It is the largest Marriott to open in North America this year.Located in the entertainment and convention district of McCormick Square, the property has 1,205 guest rooms, including 44 suites.The hotel is directly connected to the convention center, McCormick Place, and is adjacent to the … [Read more...] about October hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, brand updates