Saturday, December 16, 2006

Traffic Congestion

Partnership Study Discovers $13+ Billion in Annual Costs to the Metro Region Economy Due to Traffic Congestion

Region Loses as Many as 52,000 Jobs Every Year - In a breakthrough study, the Partnership for New York City has identified more than $13 billion a year in losses to the New York Metropolitan Region’s economy that are a direct result of traffic congestion. The report issued by the Partnership today concludes that existing transportation and road systems are inadequate to accommodate the region's growing population and continued economic expansion, resulting in the loss of as many as 52,000 new jobs every year.

According to the Partnership, the traffic problem will only grow as Manhattan-bound traffic moving through the region increases by more than 20 percent over the next two decades.
“Busy streets are signs of our region’s economic health. But the level of traffic congestion in New York City has now passed the tipping point and is causing serious damage to virtually every community and industry sector,” said Partnership President and CEO Kathryn S. Wylde. “Left unchecked, excess congestion will stunt the economy’s capacity for sustained growth and innovation in the years ahead.”

For the report, Growth or Gridlock? The Economic Case for Traffic Relief and Transit Improvement for a Greater New York, the Partnership enlisted a team of private sector experts to explore the economic consequences of traffic congestion and the possible remedies. HDR Decision Economics and the PB Consult unit of Parsons Brinckerhoff provided major contributions to the report.
Findings of the Partnership study include:
The primary cause for traffic congestion across the city and the region is the density of economic activity in the Manhattan Central Business Districts, which drive a $901 billion regional economy.

3.6 million people travel into Manhattan south of 60th Street each weekday, a third of them in cars, trucks or taxis.

Delays endured by commuters, workers and other travelers annually cost some $5 billion to $6.5 billion in lost time and productivity and up to $2 billion in wasted fuel and other vehicle operating costs.

Traffic delays add to logistical, inventory and personnel costs that annually amount to an estimated $1.9 billion in additional costs of doing business and $4.6 billion in unrealized business revenue each year.

There is a net loss in regional economic output of at least $3.2 to $4 billion annually due to loss of productivity, with the greatest losses concentrated in Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island.
Other world cities, many of which are competitors with New York for business investment and job creation, are moving aggressively to reduce the burden that traffic places on economic activity.

“Businesses, individuals and communities across New York City and the region suffer from through traffic that is trying to move toward or away from Manhattan’s super-charged center of commerce, tourism and dense residential activity,” Wylde said. “We must move quickly to consider all potential solutions and to ultimately adopt a comprehensive program of traffic relief and congestion management. The cost of doing nothing about the problem is simply too great for the city and the region.”

While the Partnership does not take a position in the report on how to solve the congestion problem, it seeks to make the case for the city to obtain available federal aid to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study of congestion-relief strategies, focusing on best practices around the world.

According to the Partnership report, potential options that merit further study include:
Better design and management of freight loading facilities;
Improved regulation and increased pricing for on-street parking;
New and upgraded bus, ferry and commuter rail services;
Charges for vehicle use of certain roads and for entry into highly congested zones.
“Although government is making improvements in mass transit, traffic management and parking regulation, excess congestion continues to grow. The historic response to heavy traffic— building new highways and road capacity—is not an option here,” Wylde concluded. “To maintain economic growth, we must examine all available remedies and tailor a solution that reflects the region’s complexity and is fair and practical for all New Yorkers.”

The Partnership’s full report is available on its web site at

The Partnership for New York City ( is a network of business leaders dedicated to enhancing the economy of the five boroughs of New York City and maintaining the city’s position as the global center of commerce, culture and innovation.

Monday, July 10, 2006

To the residence of New York City


This efffort is to assist in openning to door to the greater world of who you are as well as others through Inter - Cultural Communications via the internet.This blog and the associated website is based upon the principle of cultural democracy. What this means is that you the community - online ( because your are now using a computer to read this ) user has the means to impact your community with others through your contribution to what is being published on the internet about your community.

A community has many voices, and those who are not aware of either your community or the diversity among your very own people should be likewise known.This is a mirror reflection of us all, and depicts the very differences each community has, which then becomes the very scoiocultural richness and valuable assests we need to maintain a rich an full life -individually. Moreover, this effort was started as a result when suggestions were offered by two Cornell student's emails - right after I place Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), NY online. Since then I have cover many other communities, and have enlisted help from the very same communities I have covered in my Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC series of blogs, journalsites and websites. Emails come in daily.


First go the main Hub - Website :

Then go to these following websites:

National and Internation Social Dance Registry to register your community's weekly socials. Offer suggestions to Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Art Gallery - Galleries, Artists and Art Studio Guides, Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC - Night Sport Clubs - Nite Spots Guide, and suggest listings and others items not being covered.Please note the links below. They are intended to open a portal in which you may also offer suggestions, or comments. Everything will be reviewed.

Additional Blogs:

Riverhead .Minola .White Plains .New City .Jersey City .Hackensack .Stanford. New York City Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC .New York City Nite Life, RMC .New York City NightLife, RMC .

Well thats all for now. I will do some addtional posting, as well as post some of your emails - with you permission of course.


Mr. Roger M. Christian
Ithaca, New York


The Ithaca Cultural Directory .Cultural Democracy an Evolving Essay .
A perspective on New York City - ongoing...

New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is the largest financial center in the world. The city is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. New York City is one of the world's major global cities (along with London, Tokyo and Paris) and is home to an almost unrivaled collection of world-class museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, international corporations, and stock exchanges. The city is also home to all of the missions to the United Nations, which has its headquarters in New York City. New York is widely regarded as one of the great intellectual, financial, and cultural centers of the world. Located in the state of New York, New York City has an area of 309 square miles (800 km²). Estimated in 2004 to have 8,168,388 residents, it is the heart of the New York Metropolitan Area, which is one of the largest urban conglomerations in the world with a population of over 22 million. New York City proper comprises five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, with all but Staten Island having populations exceeding one million. It also stands in the middle of the BosWash megalopolis that runs down the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. (see: Metropolitan Combined Statistical Area) The city includes large populations of immigrants from over 180 countries who help make it one of the most cosmopolitan places on earth. Many people from all over the United States are also attracted to New York City for its culture, energy, and cosmopolitanism, and by their own hope of making it big in the "Big Apple." The city serves as an enormous engine for the global economy, and is home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other place in the United States. The city is estimated to have a Gross Metropolitan Product of nearly $500 billion. If it were a nation, the city would have the 17th highest gross domestic product in the world, far exceeding that of Switzerland ($377 billion) and nearly equaling that of Russia ($586 billion). Nicknames for the city include "The Big Apple", "The City That Never Sleeps", or just "The City" (though to a New Yorker, this generally refers to the borough of Manhattan). A resident of New York City is referred to as a New Yorker.
City of New York, New York

Official flag of City of New York, New York

Official seal of City of New York, New York
City flag
City seal
City nickname: "The Big Apple"

Location of City of New York, New YorkLocation in the state of New York
Bronx (The Bronx)New York (Manhattan)Queens (Queens)Kings (Brooklyn)Richmond (Staten Island)
Michael Bloomberg (R)
Physical characteristics
Area Land Water
1,214.4 km² 800.31 km² 414.09 km²
Population Total (2004) Density
21,923,089 (metropolitan area) 8,168,388(city proper) 10,292 (land)/km²
40°47' N
73°58' W
Time zone Summer (DST)
Official website: City of New York

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Welcome to New York NightLife


In this city which never sleeps, where the social, cultural, and economic pulse of America can be felt every second, there are large ethnic contrasts and even greater diversities in which the fortunate visitor can explore. It is in this exploration where every tourist walks away with a sort of minor degree in both International geography and ethnocentric sociology.

This blog is an extension of AOL Hometown New York City Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC. The addtional sub-blog are supplements-such restaurants to go to, theatres, broadway productions, piano bar - lounges, dances, symphonies, and much, much more.

Travel is an exciting adventure component of living and growing democracy. The enjoyment in which many feel in their travels is virtual freedon in which all feel. Thus, this blog publication carrys with it an added responsiability, and that is the central reason why contents are based upon the principals of cultural democracy .

Note: For those who are interested in the additional details of information about various fascets about New York City go to the other content blogs.

Night Spots New York City. [ Enter ]

Classical Entertainment N Y C. [ Enter ]

Dance N Y C. [ Enter ]

Art N Y C.

Pleasures and Pastimes N Y C.

Restaurants-Cafes N Y C.



Beyond this point are for those who are intellectually interested in cultural democracy and what this implys.

To understand the basic goto Cultural Democracy, An Evolving Essay by Mr. Roger M. Christian. To participated in a discussion group goto The Cultural Democracy Network and sign up.

In a related matter is the Les Avant Garde series, and their attached discussion forums.

Les Avant Garde Les Avant Garde Academic Institutions of Higher Education and Research - and - Les Avant Garde Entertainment and Recreation.

The other fascet is based upon The International and National Cultural Fiesta Movement. and the netowrk internet operations The International Students / Scholars Intercultural Resources Network.

These are only the bare elements needed for you to understand to broader scope of the emerging civilization around us, and how communications is becoming more and more an important component of how our civilization is to be constructed; and essenitally why cultural democracy is a crucial element which needs to be at the heart of how this process is considered.

Thus other posting are coming, as well as broader spectrum of where to go and have a great time in enjoying life itself.

Please share this blog with others.


Mr. Roger M. Christian

P.S. A Welcome is extended to the Downtown Buisness Partnership of Ithaca, New York.


The Ithaca Cultural Directory.