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Tho u gh i t's c ari c ature d a s a c on cre te jun

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Unformatted text preview: Tho u gh i t 's c ari c ature d a s a c on cre te jun g le , New York i s alread y s urprisingly eco- f ri endl y . T h a nks to i t s dens i ty and p ubli c t r an s it , the c i ty has a pe r c a pita ca r- bon fo o t pri n t 71% smalle r than t he U . S . as a w h ole . W i t h more tha n 8 . 2 m i l lion peop l e cal l ing N ew York home , surpa ss- ing a historica l high s et in the 1 950S , t he ci ty 's i nfras t ruct u re- it s crow d ed sub- ways , tr af fi c-c ho k ed stre e ts , agin g wa t er main s- i s b ei ng pushe d pa s l i t s l im i ts. C i t y pl anners re a lize that Ne w York is on track to gain an additional 90 0, 0 people b y 2030 . I f that growth i sn't mana g e d prop- erly, the result w ill be an env ir onme n tal and economic mess. ~New York is grow i ng, and w e ha v e t o thinkmoreeffecti v el y, "sa ys Rohit A garwa ll a, direc t oro f thecity'sOffic e of Long- T erm P l an n ing a nd Sustainabilit y. ~We can't jus t b uil d more power p lants . We c a n' t j us t g r ow on the edges. " T h e an swe r to th e q uestion of whe re the c i ty wil l pu t n e a r l y a mill ion e x t ra people is P l a N YC . U n v ei le d b y M ay or M ichael Bloomberg on E ar t h Da y 200 7- a n d pushed s i nc e l h en w i th a l l h i scon sid- e r able p o li t ic a l c a p i l a l- P la N YC i n cl ud e s more than 120 gre e n ini ti a t i v es t ha t rang e from plantin g a mill i on trees to cleaning up ev e ry squa r e mile of contam i nated land in t h e ci t y. Ul ti mate ly Pla N YC a tt empts to c ha r t N ew York ' s g rowth by vast l y improving ene r g y effi c ien cy in the cit y ' s 950,000 bui l d i ngs, beefing up public transit and adapting t o the i mpact of global warm- ing. Though P I a N YC is as g r e en a s a new f a irwa y- the c i t y is car v ing out b i k e l an e s and pedest r ian plaza s and expand- ing its parks- t h e deeper motivatio n i s economic . I f N ew York wan t s t o stay on top, i t n ee d s to g row sustainably and ef- f icient l y , getti n g more out of le s s w hile i mproving qualit y o f l i f e. P l a N YC could N e w York is on track to ga in an additional 900,000 peopl e by 20 3 0. Not managed prop e rly, the result will be a n e nvironmental and economi c mess b e a model for megacities from Tehr a n t o Tok y o . ~If we can so l ve the s e chal l enge s he r e , we can solve t h em a n yw h ere , " s ays Ashok G u pta, the air- a n d en e rgy- program di r e c tor f orthe N atural Reso u rc- es De f ense CounciL When B l oom b erg int r oduced...
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