General Meeting - 7:30pm
Here’s a good example of why our family feels very fortunate to live in this region. Jeremy and I had a day to ourselves last weekend, and we made the most of it (with a focus on food, naturally.)
We started in Dobbs Ferry at the Dawg House, where Jeremy had the Miami Vice and the Boston Terrier, and I had the Mango Tango and the Windy City Dawg — the last easily earning the highest marks in my book. Just down the street, we walked off some minimal percentage of those hot dogs with a hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct Park, where we spotted lots of wineberries (more on that later.)
Following our hike, we were off to Bluebird Ice Cream Parlor in Cross River. A long way to drive, perhaps, but hand-crafted ice cream calls, and the reviews were excellent. Jeremy had Chocolate Pudding and Triple Berry, while I had Strawberries & Nata (unsweetened cream) and Stumptown Coffee. Crazy good, and we brought a pint of the coffee – thoughtfully chilled down to 20 degrees to survive the car ride – home with us, where it has been reluctantly shared.
These are like small, tart raspberries that grow wild in amazing profusion for a few weeks in mid-summer. Best to shove a whole handful into your mouth at once to get the full effect – just be sure no one is watching. We endured – well, mainly Jeremy endured – lots of mosquito bites and a few thorn-pricks, but all well worth it. How often, after all, do we have a chance to amass a literal bucketful of deliciousness from our local woods?
All in all, a great day!
For almost a century, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has been at the forefront of efforts to address economic, environmental, transportation, and infrastructure challenges in the New York metropolitan area.
RPA’s work is important and often visionary, so I was delighted to be invited to help draft RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a document that will establish goals and define options for decision-makers throughout the Tri-State region.
OK, that sounds a little grandiose, so to be more specific, I am one of about twenty members of the Financing and Governance Working Group, which is itself one of eight working groups contributing to the whole process. In other words, a very small cog in a pretty big machine. But it’s still an honor to be included, and I am impressed (and a little intimidated) by the caliber and talent of the others involved.
To give you just a taste of the challenges, check out this interactive feature (still a work in progress) illustrating access to jobs. You can filter by field of employment, commute time, mode of transportation, and so on. These kinds of tools really help to illustrate the relationship between infrastructure and job opportunity and can be useful for modeling the real-world effect of the choices made by government.
You can also learn more in this video.
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