By Len Maniace
A legendary basketball coach may be this nation’s foremost advocate for planning. Though others have been credited with saying it first, UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is the one most often associated with the sage advice: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Though the coach was talking about the need for his Bruins to prepare for their games, the words apply to environmental and urban planning.
Some might say that lack of planning is why we are in the mess we’re in when it comes to our environment, sustainable transportation, climate change and health issues.
One major nonprofit organization is wrestling with the issue. Thursday and Friday of this week the Municipal Art Society holds another of its Summit for New York City conferences, this time at the headquarters of The New York Times, at 242 West 41st St, off 8th Avenue.
Among roughly 40 scheduled programs are sessions on making our communities more resilient in the face of emergencies such Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; the value in preserving old buildings, including architecturally significant post offices; the competitiveness of cities, and what it means to be both a just and a green city.
Though the Municipal Art Society is no longer selling tickets on its website a limited number of tickets are available at the door.