Gov’s Island: Open Source Planning

Now that all the bids for Gov’s Island have been scrapped, perhaps the most important piecegovsibus.jpg of undeveloped land in the Northern Hemisphere could become the first open source urban planning project. Kicking it off is The Built Environment, with a plan for a bus rapid transit system (which is much cheaper than rail service, for an explanation of that, click here) that would connect the World Trade Center to Gov’s Island, and on to underserved areas of Brooklyn, ending in South Slope (click thumbnail for larger view).

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Second, TBE takes note of the New Globe Theater idea that’s being floated by the Castle Williams group. They have a site on the Island that is almost exactly the same dimensions as London’s Globe Theater and have developed plans to have Norman Foster design a New Globe Theater. Brilliant. But first, a master plan!

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