Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City’s population is the highest it’s been in over 60 years, with more people moving in than moving out for the first time in decades. According to data derived from the US Census Bureau, 161,000 more people have begun calling the city home in the past two years (an increase of 2 percent). So what does this mean for NYC’s economy, resources and housing situation? Read on to find out.
Read more: New York City Population is Highest It's Been in Over 60 Years | Inhabitat New York City NYC has grown by more than 300,000 residents since Bloomberg took office and this continued growth may continue to spur under Bloomberg’s micro-apartment housing plans, which aim to provide affordable living for city dwellers. The MTA also reported that ridership for 2012 reached 1.654 billion people, which marked the highest it’s been in 62 years. Weekend ridership also grew by three percent.
This is a good thing for the environment. Moving into NYC is a green thing to do. Also, Bloomberg's micro-apartment project points in the direction of true democracy and the only realistic future for humans. To make it as a species means living in cities, living without cars or smaller cars, and living with less private space and more public space.
What's happening at our own Videré (the micro-apartments on 23rd) has to happen everywhere. Seattle Times:
[Tenants] get a single bed, table, chair and refrigerator. They won't get a closet, a private kitchen — or very much space. The 46 rooms range in size from 90 to 168 square feet, including the bathroom, according to plans filed with the city.
Potter says many younger people now don't do much more than sleep in their apartments anyway. "You have a living room somewhere else," he says — perhaps a bar or coffee shop.