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  • Building on the successful Urban Theme semester launched in Fall 2011 in which academic departments across the college offered courses that explored different aspects of the urban experience -- from the Jersey diner experience to city council debates to documentary film making about the urban landscape and which gave students the opportunity to explore urban life from a variety of perspectives, the College will use this space to host articles, videos, and other media links of interest that relate to the urban experience, particularly to that of Jersey City, Hudson County, and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. 

    Another recent article in the New York Times, this from March 26, 2013, focuses on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, a new office dedicated to the collection and analysis of a variety of data sets relevant to life in the city. 

    This article in the February 8, 2012 edition of the New York Times discusses the myriad issues surrounding the renovation of what is arguably the world's busiest transportation hub: Penn Station in New York City.   

    Metropolis Magazine is good source for information on develoments in urban design and architecture. Recent articles have reviewed developments in Dallas architecture,  award winning buildings in New York, government programs that provide incentives for more environmentally friendly communities, and the urban planning underlying London's successful bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympic games.

    New York City is home to a variety of different walking tours, this article from the June 6, 2012 New York Times features one focusing on abandoned buildings, collapsing smokestacks, and other evidence of decay in the city.

    The Green Blog section of the New York Times is another resource, recent postings have including discussions of the impact of the higher temperatures of the city on plant growth (specifically red oaks), urban oases, urban energy patterns, and the energy saving (and money saving) benefits of white painted rooftops

    A recent discussion of the merits of reining in urban sprawl from the Room for Debate section of the New York Times (April 4, 2012).