Monday, April 23rd: The Biggest Apple: Hyper-Density and the Future of Manhattan

The Biggest Apple: Hyper-Density and the Future of Manhattan
Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)

How many people could Manhattan conceivably house? Some perspective: As crowded as it may seem, the fact is that today’s island houses 30% fewer people than it did at its peak 100 years ago. Back then there were 700,000 more Manhattanites than there are today—many of them crowded cheek-by-jowl in the teeming tenements of the Lower East Side. And even that historic crowding pales compared to Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, the most crowded urban node the planet has yet seen…..

Join journalist Amy O’Leary for a panel discussion on population trends, urban planning, and the conceptual limits of density here in the Big Apple. Joining her will be city planner Frank Ruchala, Jr., transportation strategist Sarah Kaufman, and others.

Amy O’Leary is a reporter for The New York Times, who joined the paper five years ago as a multimedia producer. Before working at The Times, Amy was a public radio producer, working both as a freelancer and on staff at This American Life.

Sarah M. Kaufman is a Research Associate at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Sarah focuses on the use of cutting-edge information technologies in transportation communications, particularly the implementation of open data and social media programs

Frank Ruchala, Jr. is currently an associate urban planner and designer with the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. Prior to this position, Mr. Ruchala, Jr. was an urban planner with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill.