I think a lot about underutilized space in New Rochelle. There is an extraordinary amount of it. My thoughts on this topic were re-ignited by Betaville, created by NYU-Poly, which is an “open-source multiplayer environment for real cities, in which ideas for new works of public art, architecture, urban design, and development can be shared, discussed, tweaked, and brought to maturity in context, and with the kind of broad participation people take for granted in open source software development.”
How cool! Right now, limited environments are available. Obviously, New Rochelle is not one of them.
Absent a malleable real-time virtual world to share, discuss, tweak ideas about New Rochelle, I think we should generate two lists: one, underutilized and distinctive spaces in New Rochelle; two, a list of unfulfilled community needs. The goal would then be to match spaces to needs.
This is increasingly important as the city moves ahead (or doesn’t) with certain development projects. Wouldn’t it be great to have a unified development vision?
I’ll kick off the list, but please comment and add additional spaces and needs, and I’ll update.
The Standard Star Building
The former Masonic Lodge