Coronavirus could set back the pro-density movement

first_imgNew York City (Credit: iStock)The movement toward dense, transit-adjacent development picked up steam over the last few years, but the coronavirus pandemic might prove to be a big setback.The pandemic has forced a quick national pivot toward telecommuting, which some think could undercut the utility of living near transit, according to the New York Times. If you don’t need to go into the office so often, why not spread out a bit?Density advocates and lawmakers will likely find the pandemic gives rivals new ammunition to argue against their push for more zoning.Some pro-density lawmakers, like California State Sen. Scott Wiener cautioned that there will still be a need for housing in his state after the pandemic subsides. Wiener has been trying to pass a statewide transit-oriented development bill for years and presented his most recent version in early March, just before coronavirus took the state by storm.ADVERTISEMENTDevelopers meanwhile have to weigh consumer interest in such housing. Bob Youngentob, CEO of Maryland-based developer EYA, said his firm might switch its focus from more dense transit developments to townhomes if demand for the former falls enough.“The forced interaction of sharing doors and elevators has caused some anxiety,” Youngentob told the Times. “Townhomes, where you come in and out of your door, and you know you are the only one touching your door handle, provide some comfort.”Those who continue to build dense projects might reconsider their design strategy for public health — walkways could become wider and open spaces larger, for example. [NYT] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Aaron Ramsey begins negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have shown interest in holding talks with Aaron Ramsey by next month when he is free to speak to foreign clubs about a summer switch, according to Sky sources.With his current contract winding down in June 2019, Ramsey can negotiate with interested teams from abroad from January 1.Juventus have been working on a deal to sign the Arsenal midfielder, according to Sky in Italy, while Bayern Munich have also shown an interest, according to Sky Germany.However, Sky Italy believe the Bianconeri are ahead of the competition for the Wales international, including Serie A rivals Inter Milan.Sky Sports News exclusively revealed in October that the 27-year-old would be leaving the Emirates next summer after he was told in person why he would not be offered a new deal.Ramsey was forlorn earlier this season that nobody from the Gunners had initially explained the reasons for withdrawing the offer of a new long-term deal, following months of talks.He had found out via his agent before speaking out publicly on the issue last week, telling a newspaper that he was hoping “somebody will come up and tell me why” the option to stay was taken off the table.Those discussions finally took place on the weekend the Gunners drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace, and the player subsequently accepted that this will be his last season in north London following a decade of service.Ramsey has made 350 appearances and scored 59 goals since joining from Cardiff City for just under £5m in 2008.Relatedlast_img read more