NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s $20 Billion Green Infrastructure Plan
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $20 billion infrastructure plan to secure the city is serious. You’re going to have to download it to save a forest. It’s 438 pages. Go here to see the report and its 250 suggested measures for securing New York City from super storms like Hurricane Sandy.
Why should Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to harden New York City be taken seriously? He knows infrastructure having changed the city for the better as much as Robert Moses may have changed it for the worse. Regardless, he’s as competent as he his capable in when it comes to vital development. The mayor majored in engineering while at John Hopkins University (64’). His academic discipline and logical thinking prevail in the details of his mega plan’s tome. His Harvard MBA degree portend his prowess. At 71 he’s wise. He’s politically neutral. In 2001 he switched from Democrat to Republican to win his first term as New York City’s mayor in the immediate aftermath of 9-11. He’s now considers’s himself an independent.
Bloomberg’s too rich to fail – too rich to corrupt. Guesstimates put the man’s net worth at more than his $20 billion mega plan costs. The Bloomberg plan is a giant step towards protecting New York City from terror, storms and global economic competitors like Shanghai. Bloomberg cares more about securing the future of his children’s children than spinning political rhetoric.
Mayor Bloomberg was featured online last year in a Conde Naste Traveler web story: http://www.cntraveler.com/ecotourism/2012/09/visionaries/michael-bloomberg
Here’s an excerpt from the piece quoting Bloomberg’s futuristic green infrastructure views: “New York has an impact on the rest of the world.” He uses that platform to prove that painting rooftops white conserves energy, for example, and that a “green” city is an economically competitive one. “The environmental stuff, whether or not it reverses climate change, influences you and your kids today—the air you breathe, the water you drink, the economy you have, the opportunities you have. Today. That’s how you sell the environment,” he says. “Don’t try to sell it for 40 years from now. Think ‘my air, my water.’ And cities are where it’s all going to happen.”