In Suburbia, a Megaproject Offers Hope

Peter Applebome of the New York Times brings us this story about the next phase of development on Long Island.  The Lighthouse at Long Island is a new $4 billion project in Nassau County.  The project is an ambitious one, which “includes a renovated Nassau Coliseum, 2,300 residences including two hotel and residential towers nearly 40 stories tall, canal and pedestrian plaza, sports complex and sports technology center, convention center, office buildings.”  Thomas R. Suozzi, Nassau County Executive, has made a point that this is a part of a smart growth initiative, but at the same time that it won’t cause earth-shattering changes to the original suburbs.  “We don’t want to be postsuburban,” he says. “We don’t want to be a new urbanism. We want to be a new suburbia. We want to keep the good stuff about suburbia (good stuff?  Where?) and get rid of the bad stuff about suburbia. But the old model of suburbia began 60 years ago with Levittown. It’s no longer sustainable.”  Hopefully this will help the county with its woes of high taxes and fleeing youth.  Long Island has an epic reputation for stopping development in its tracks, so let’s hope that it doesn’t happen again.

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