recordonline reports: NYC grad students pitch 12 plans to boost Newburgh

“CITY OF NEWBURGH – Months of visits, meetings with local groups and data-gathering culminated on Dec. 6 when dozens of Columbia University graduate students unveiled 12 ideas for reinvigorating the City of Newburgh.
A food-distribution center, a metal-recycling complex and a recreational hub at Muchattoes Lake are among the projects that urban design students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation presented during a daylong event at the school on Saturday.”

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Influx and Exodus: Two Conversations on Urban Density

http://www.vanalen.org/elsewhere/events/influx-and-exodus-two-conversations-on-urban-density/

Conversation
Tuesday, December 9
7:30pm—9:30pm
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

$7 Buy Tickets

Rust Belt cities struggle to repurpose vacant land and adapt the delivery of fundamental services, and cities like Mumbai and Lagos sprawl ever outward with dense informal communities: In both cases, adapting to sudden population change presents a massive challenge. How can city infrastructure and policy keep pace with the dramatic shifts brought on by rapid growth and decline?

This event builds on Van Alen’s Future Ground competition, which invites multidisciplinary teams to generate proposals to reuse vacant land in New Orleans. Looking at examples from around the world, we’ll discuss strategies for cities facing population loss in the wake of natural disasters or economic collapse, or a sudden tide of new residents coming from distant countries and rural villages in search of opportunity.

East London Kids To Be Offered Training Loans To Learn Coding

http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/25/tech-city-fellowship/

A new digital skills training fund will be piloted in the U.K. in January which will offer loans to non-graduate young people from East London with the dual aim of tackling the ongoing U.K. tech skills shortage while also addressing a socio-economic gap that tech risks exacerbating.

The fund, called the Tech City Fellowship, will offer educational loans of up to £11,600 per student to non-graduate 18 to 25 year olds to pay for a place on a training course that teaches software developer skills.

The 12-week coding bootcamp course in question is being run by Makers Academy, one of the collaborating partners for the Fellowship. The loan breaks down into £8,000 to cover course fees and £1,200 per month living costs for the duration of the course.

Crowdfunded Parks Are Coming and That Isn’t a Bad Thing

http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/in-public-crowdfunding-parks

In the last four years, more than 30 new businesses have opened on Broad Avenue in the Binghamton section of Memphis. After years of decline, the wide, storefront-lined avenue is finally rebounding as the spine of a new arts district.

Ask locals what drove the change and invariably, they will mention the Hampline, a bike lane connecting Broad to some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods and amenities. The Hampline is being built largely with federal, state and city grants, but when a $75,000 budget hole cropped up in 2013, community leaders decided not to wait for more grant dollars from Washington and instead, turn to a new source of funding: the crowd.

Is Cuomo trying to fund the Tappan Zee Bridge with EB-5 investors?

http://nypost.com/2014/11/19/new-program-creates-fast-lane-to-citizenship/

Scrounging under the couch cushions for more capital funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be among the politicians and bankers attending a private meeting in the coming week. The confab is focused on using EB-5 visas to fund infrastructure projects such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, sources said.