Monday, December 15, 2014

March 23 is Darryl Berger Day

No, it's not his birthday. (Maybe it is, actually. I don't know.)  But it is the day that this committee is going to award his company the right to redevelop the WTC.
A five-member selection committee of city officials has been formed to review 10 proposals for the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street. The panel is expected to select one of the projects by late March.

The committee consists of Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin; Cindy Connick, executive director of the Canal Street Development Corp.; Bill Gilchrist, the city’s director of place-based planning; City Planning Commission Executive Director Bob Rivers; and Ashleigh Gardere, executive director of the city’s Network for Economic Opportunity. 
What the heck is the "Network for Economic Opportunity"? Yeah, I wondered that too.  Turns out it's a thing they appear to have made a couple of months ago with an "innovation" grant thingie from Living Cities which is a pipeline through which wealthy people who run banks and stuff can shape public policy by pretending to have benevolent motives.  But mostly what they do is pass money around to consultants.  And, in March, they'll help decide to give a plum property over to a well connected developer too. So that's nice.

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