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Is Virgin America Coming To Stewart Airport?

A recent piece by Craig Wolf in the Poughkeepsie Journal suggests that an unnamed airline is in discussions about starting service from Stewart Airport in Newburgh to the West Coast.

While he didn’t name the airline, he dropped a hint:

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Harrison said of the unnamed airline, “They have a high level of interest.” A key for a deal to be made is that the airline would need to acquire more aircraft, which it is in the process of doing, he said.

Virgin Atlantic is involved in an initial public offering — an IPO — to raise money to fund expansion such as this. And hopefully Virgin will stock up on the Airbus A320 model, which can easily fly direct to the West Coast from Stewart.

And of course, this is a two way street. It’s not just locals that can profit by the easier travel to points west: we would also see an influx of tourists and travelers to the region from the West Coast, as well.

Meanwhile, Stewart is continuing the repaveing of the runways, which should be concluded by Thanksgiving. And passenger count is on the rise, due to Allegiant Air’s routes to Florida.

sigitkusumawijaya:

The existence of kids in public space is important. They are the indicator of great public space of a city.
‪#‎urbanism‬ ‪#‎publicspace‬

This is what we should do for downtown Beacon: design some kid friendly pocket parks along Main Street, trend toward a pedestrian-friendly mall feel instead of a congested thoroughfare.

sigitkusumawijaya:

The existence of kids in public space is important. They are the indicator of great public space of a city.

‪#‎urbanism‬ ‪#‎publicspace‬

This is what we should do for downtown Beacon: design some kid friendly pocket parks along Main Street, trend toward a pedestrian-friendly mall feel instead of a congested thoroughfare.

(via humanscalecities)

Five Events To Honor Toshi And Pete Seeger

The Seeger family have organized a series of concerts, honoring Toshi and Pete Seeger.


Thurs, July 17: 7:30pm Hudson River Park, Film POWER OF SONG. Pier 46, Charles St, West Village, NYC

Friday, July 18: 7pm Bardavon Opera House, Pkpsie. Memorial Service for Friends and Family.(doors open 5:30
FREE but limited space so get tickets at Bardavon, 35 Market St, Pkpsie

Sat, July 19: Noon to 5, Community Day, Events at Beacon Sloop Club ; So Bronx Festival; Ashkan Ctr in Olivebridge NY

Sun, July 20: 4pm Memorial Concert Outdoors at Lincoln Ctr (Damrosch Pk); Huge list of great musicians!

Mon, July 21: 6pm New Songs of Justice Concert. Lots of new young musicians! Summer Stage, Central Pk (near 72nd St 5th Avenue entrance to park.

(hat tip to Connie Hogarth)

Beacon Should Adopt Parking Meters With Higher Prices During Peak Hours

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Recent trials in San Francisco shows that having higher prices for parking during peak hours benefits retailers, because it leads to higher turnover:

Adam Mann, What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse

Parking in most cities is far cheaper than it should be, and it’s too often free.

“Because it’s free, people will misuse it and it will be full all the time,” said Duranton. Drivers searching for parking contribute significantly to road congestion. “There are some estimates that say in the central part of cities up to 30 percent of driving is people just cruising around for parking,” Duranton said.

Increasing the price of a parking spot when demand is high would encourage people to leave sooner, letting more drivers occupy the same spot during the day. San Francisco did exactly this starting in 2011 and the results have been a boon to retailers because more customers are able to park in front of their stores. And because prices go down when demand is low, the program has actually saved motorists money.

So the next time someone says that parking meters will be a negative for Main Street merchants — I’m looking at you, Pat Manning — tell them to actually look at the results in cities like San Francisco.