It can’t terminate at Manhattan bridge, it needs to be underground all the way through because the battery underpass is one of the most important traffic routes in the city
In my mind? No…All commercial traffic would be allowed. Buses, taxis,delivery trucks etc. But with less cars causing congestion you can reclaim a few lanes of traffic for pedestrian activity and make it a more walkable city. Idk, I’m getting on my " urban utopia" kick now
The majority of the 73 condos at One Seaport are in-contract. But given the problems that have very sadly affected this development, the developer Fortis may have to revise its budget. And the offering plan stipulates that if that new budget exceeds the original by 25% or more, in-contract buyers have the option to back out. Fortis is now in a real time crunch, but given all the problems this development still faces they may simply have to bite the bullet.
I agree. The pressure is very real. This project has been a turbulent one, with a history. I think I’ll end up working out, but a rough start and rough construction period.
One thing that has disturbed me since I first read about this development is the death that occurred on site. My understanding is that the victim was wearing a harness but that it was not connected. I find it unacceptable that a firm like Pizzarotti would not have the strictest of systems in place to prevent a worker whose safety harness is not hooked up anywhere near construction. It is the responsibility of builders like Pizzarotti to design systems and processes that automatically prevent anyone not properly protected from even approaching a construction area. Other industries like aviation have learned from past tragedies and instituted systems that have proven remarkably effective at taking the responsibility for safety out of the hands of a single individual. People are naturally prone to mistakes. That’s why Pizzarotti should have had a system similar to other professions to ensure that worker would never have even been allowed near a work area with an unconnected harness. In this day and age, accidents like this need to be regarded as completely unacceptable and outrageous and Pizzarotti should be taken to task on it.
These accidents happen all the time. Insurance companies pay probably $100m to settle construction-related personal injury lawsuits every year.
Industries like aviation have been made much safer due to improved systems and processes. Construction firms need to have the hammer brought down on them. It’s horrible to think of people learning about these accidents and responding by shrugging their shoulders and in essence saying “it’s the nature of the business, what are you going to do.” When someone dies, the gloves need to come off and systemic change needs to be driven home with an iron fist. That’s where outlets like this forum, social media, etc. can supplement the work of regulators, by taking developers and construction firms to task in cases like this.
I’ve read many transcripts for construction accidents. There is a lot of bravado at these sites, which is not the owners’ fault. They don’t want higher insurance premiums.
I disagree that it is not the owners fault. A system as simple as the checklist literally saved countless lives when it became inculcated in the culture of aviation. Today it’s simply impossible to imagine a flight crew not running through their checklists. And if any airline ever came along that encouraged or allowed pilots to take shortcuts, that airline would cease to exist in a matter of moments. There’s a good book on the topic called The Checklist Manifesto. Again, the whole point I’m trying to get across is that the goal should be to take responsibility for safety out of the hands of any one individual because people are prone to mistakes. To your point, though, the implication it seems is that there would have to be an entire change in the culture of the industry and I do agree with that. Fortunately, multiple other industries have already accomplished that and I think for anyone to say it couldn’t be applied here is simply not in line with decades of experience and research.