Monthly Archives: December 2016

Manhattan Buildings Receive Historic Designation Before Zoning Change

11 buildings in Manhattan’s east midtown were designated as New York City landmarks by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The move was not popular with the Real Estate Board of New York, which opposed all 11 designations. A zoning proposal working its way through city government would allow developers to replace older buildings with newer in a 78-block region including Grand Central and areas north. Today, those blocks house 70 million square feet of offices. The landmark designation doesn’t mean the usage and interiors of these buildings can’t change; it just means that any changes must be made with respect to their historic nature, and they can’t be torn down. Continue reading Manhattan Buildings Receive Historic Designation Before Zoning Change

The Skilled Labor Renaissance

In 2013, a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey estimated that the United States was short around 90,000 manufacturing workers. At the time, that only represented around 1% of the total manufacturing workforce. By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this shortage could increase to as many as 875,000 workers when machinists, welders, industrial machine operators, and engineers retire. This gap will be heightened if recruitment and education isn’t prioritized in the manufacturing sector—because US manufacturing is poised to make a comeback. Continue reading The Skilled Labor Renaissance

Philly’s Chinatown Tower Finally Breaks Ground

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Commission (PCDC) finally broke ground on a development that was announced in 2008, the Chinatown East Tower. This tower will not only include 150 residences among its 23 stories, it will also be a new catalyst for the community thanks to the 17k SF community center and public recreation facility that will be housed on the first floor. Continue reading Philly’s Chinatown Tower Finally Breaks Ground

C-SPAN Live Coverage of Trump Tower Elevators Draws Viewers

Watching people come and go from a building lobby may not sound like the most exciting thing on television, but with president-elect Donald Trump taking meetings at his residence in New York City’s Trump Tower, the comings and goings from the building’s gold-plated elevators are suddenly interesting to many Americans. Continue reading C-SPAN Live Coverage of Trump Tower Elevators Draws Viewers