An iconic symbol of the city’s transformation, the Flushing Meadows Mall is home to more than 10 million shoppers and is a destination for locals and visitors alike.
In 2015, it became one of the first major retailers to open its doors in the United States to offer indoor parking and electric vehicles.
And yet, the city is struggling to keep pace with its urban sprawl, with many of the new development that’s occurred on the Flush Meadows in recent years creating new chokepoints for pedestrians and bike riders.
With the city facing a projected $2.8 billion deficit over the next 10 years, the fate of the Flushed Meadows is inextricably linked to the fate, and future, of the entire city.
“We need to make sure that we have a plan for our future and for our people, for our businesses, and for the future of our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told TIME in February.
“If you don’t have that plan, you will be left behind.”
To that end, the City Council recently approved a $2 million grant to develop the Flushes Meadow’s first residential development.
While that grant was approved in the wake of a surge in traffic on the street, it’s unclear how long the development will be built.
Meanwhile, the plan to add residential and retail space to the Flashing Meadows is expected to be a part of a wider urban planning initiative called the Flutter City initiative.
The plan, which was announced in May, will focus on “building a sustainable, sustainable, livable city,” as well as the redevelopment of vacant commercial and industrial space along the Flusher Street corridor, which is home, among other things, to The Flutter House, a boutique boutique hotel.
The city’s largest housing corporation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will also be funding the development of a retail plaza along the street that will include a Whole Foods store and a Whole Paycheck, a Whole Bread, and a variety of other retailers.
This new retail plaza will be the first of its kind in the U.S., with an estimated 5,000 new units of retail space expected to open over the course of the year.
While some residents have expressed concern about how the city will use this new retail space, the mayor has indicated that the development could provide enough space for the city to maintain its existing residential areas and provide a “safe space” for residents to walk, shop, and ride their bikes.
The Flushing Meadow, which has served as a city’s “lonely gathering spot for the homeless” since it opened in the 1920s, has become one of NYC’s most heavily trafficked streets, and it’s only natural that many of its residents would be hesitant to move.
But as we’ve seen in other cities, there are plenty of places where new urban developments can be built to create new opportunities for residents and visitors.
In this case, a new development could serve as a kind of bridge between the city and the neighborhoods it serves.
In a city that has been struggling to create a livable, green, and sustainable city for many decades, a development that aims to fill this gap could be an invaluable addition to the process.
The City of New York, for example, recently announced that it will be investing $25 million to help revitalize the area, which includes the Fluster Street corridor.
That money will support a variety or initiatives designed to support the development and revitalization of the neighborhood.
These projects will include “urban parklets,” “green space zones,” and “green spaces for the residents,” among other projects.
In order to get the city on board with the Flueks Meadow, it’ll need to create an integrated plan that connects the Fluid District with the city, and provide new opportunities and services to the residents of Flushing.
To that effect, the New York City Department of Transportation will be working with local and national partners to develop a new map of the surrounding area, as well a “visual map of neighborhood and street activity,” which will allow the city “to better understand the needs of the residents and provide them with better planning and guidance.”
In other words, it should help the city determine where and how to put its attention to the needs and concerns of the community.
“I think that this map will be a huge step forward in helping us better understand what needs to be done to improve the Flurry and Flush neighborhoods,” says Richard Niederhofer, the executive director of the New Urbanism Foundation, which will be coordinating the Flutch City initiative and the Fluerh Street redevelopment.
“The maps are going to show where the streets are, where the buildings are, and where there are lots of opportunities for people to walk and to ride their bike and to shop.”