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Post 3 – Matthew Jensen

Agriculture: The production of food in an urban area and why food is so expensive in New York


Rooftops are numerous in New York City, but are not being utilized enough for urban

->This shows how much potential there is for this system, and how it’s not utilized to the full extent

There is significant potential for urban agriculture to provide critical environmental services to the city through stormwater runoff mitigation, soil remediation, and energy use reduction.

->Another proof of potential future resources.

Manhattan price as a percentage of national average: Grocery %149.9

->This shows how ridiculously expensive Manhattan groceries are compared to everywhere else.

New York is indeed an expensive place to live if you’re poor, but in a way is actually a relatively cheap place to live if you’re rich and have standard rich-person tastes

->I never thought about this problem in this perspective and found it very amusing.

a healthy restaurant aims to spend about 10 percent of its sales revenue on rent, utilities and other occupancy costs; 30 to 40 percent on labor, including payroll taxes and benefits; and 30 percent on food and beverages.

-> A big reason for the expensive food is because living and having a shop in NYC is expensive


Animal Control: The rules and regulation of indoor animals

If the animal can be brought by its owner “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers” then it, too, can ride through New York’s subterranean alleys.

-> Passengers found a loophole in the law for their dogs

You fall under the exception if you openly keep a pet in your building for three months, your landlord finds out (or should have found out) about the pet during this time, and your landlord takes no action to enforce the no-pets rule against you.

As of February 2017, there were 85,085 dogs in New York City with active licenses.

-> There’s a law that require dogs to be licensed and this statistic shows how a huge percentage of NYC people has a pet.

there are approximately 1.1 million pets in the City (600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats), or an ownership rate of about one pet for every three households.

-> Even in a city where it’s not as easy to achieve a big home, the number of households with pets are pretty high


Homelessness: The rules of who can get help from homeless shelters and why

In December 2017, there were 63,495 homeless people, including 15,586 homeless families with 23,655 homeless children

-> That’s a huge number of homeless people and we need a solution for it

In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Homelessness in New York City rose by 4.1% in 2017 overall, one of the bigger increases in the U.S., according to a federal report

-> It’s a growing problem that’s not going away until there is some type of solution

Violence in city shelters rises and falls at about the same rate of the shelter population, which sat at just under 58,000

-> The shelters can be a dangerous place and some people are avoiding it because it can be so dangerous sometimes

Man suspected of selling heroin, cocaine at Manhattan homeless shelter arrested, four others nabbed for drug possession

->People who try to use the shelters are feeling more unsafe and try to avoid them because of events like this

City Hall is now paying landlords more money to put up the homeless than the property owners could make by renting apartments and hotel rooms to non-homeless people at ordinary market rates

-> Where would the homeless go then? Where can they go to if everybody is trying to get them out of everywhere?



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