Skip to comments.New 'Health' Plan: Deliberately 'Slow' Elevators Make People Climb Stairs (Bloomberg)
Posted on 08/07/2013 1:09:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(CNSNews.com) As part of his ongoing campaign to transform New York City into what he calls Fit City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is promoting active design for low-income housing developments being built there, including plans to prompt residents to use the stairs and rooftop gardens for growing healthy foods.
In 2010, the Bloomberg Administration and other public and private sector groups issued the Active Design Guidelines, which promotes car-free neighborhoods, encourages physical movement inside buildings and improves access to nutritious food.
The Center for Action Design was launched next as a resource for architects and developers who sign on to the idea of promoting health through the design of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods, as stated by David Burney, Board Chairman for CAD.
In March, the 124-unit, $37.7 million Arbor House was opened in the Bronx, according to a July 31 Newsday report.
The article stated that the affordable housing development features murals and music along the stairway, with elevators located farther away from the front door that are programmed to move at a slow pace.
One witty slogan posted on a staircase door reads: If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise, the Newsday article stated.
The Arbor also features a 10,000 square foot, rooftop hydroponic garden where vegetables will be grown, the article stated.
"If this building was five miles south in Manhattan it would be a luxury building," Les Bluestone, co-founder and partner of Blue Sea Development, owner and developer of the Arbor House, told Newsday.
"Affordable housing doesn't have to look like public housing," Bluestone said, adding that some low-income housing "scares people."
The Arbor House is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloombergs New Housing Marketplace Plan, a multi-billion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of the 2014 fiscal year, stated an article in the New York City Housing Authority Journal.
In an article for Marketplace Morning Report, Stan Alcorn asked the director of innovation for Otis Elevator what he thought of the idea.
Fundamentally, we agree, Daryl Marvin said. It makes a lot of sense to take the stairs if you can.
At the same time, theres lots of times where thats not a practical solution, Marvin said.
The Arbor Houses 124 units are located on eight floors three floors less than Bloombergs own residence on Manhattans Upper East Side.
The New York Daily News reported on July 17 that the billionaire mayor has an elevator in his $30 million townhouse.
I have five floors, Bloomberg said in the report. I take the stairs.
CNSNews.com asked Joanna Frank, executive director of CAD, several questions about CAD, including how the non-profit was funded.
The email request was not answered.
Bronx Cheer Nanny State PING!
He is batshtt crazy.
Yeah, we don’t need no stinkin’ efficiency at work.
Does Bloomberg use elevators, either at work or where he lives?
This is the guy who has a portable A/C unit to “pre-cool” his limo before they go on a ride.....
All leftists are mentally insane
“Under wear must be changed every 20 minutes. Under wear must be worn on the outside so we can check.” - Bananas
Definitely a sick man.
So each unit was built at a cost of over $300,000. Do you know how big they are? Will the tenants pay rent?
Next thing you know, they will be suing someone over the slow elevators for making them late to get in line for some freebie being handed out.
Since we can’t afford to run our aircraft carriers, run em up to NYC and dock em for public housing critters.....
All because he got caught idling his SUV’s for more than three minutes, which he apparently made illegal in NYC.
This bastard is sick and soaked to the gills with feeings of POWER and CONTROL. It is up to New Yorker’s to take him down.
If I want to take my time to reach a high floor in a building, I will walk. If I need to get their quickly or am carrying something I will take the elevator. None if you business Mayor Doomberg.
I have five floors, Bloomberg said in the report. I take the stairs.
It’s OK, powered by wind turbines and solar, LOL
I have a disability and use a crutch. I’ll take the elevator cause I can’t do stairs.
Now that I think about it, this Bloomie fit initiative hurts the disabled.
Last year he was demanding all landlords submit to him a list of all the tenants in their building who smoke. That’s Nazi tactics “Submit to us a list of all ze Juden in ze building”.
Great...... The Paramedics will be delayed getting to your door, and getting you out of the building and to the hospital after you have a medical emergency.
Emergency services and the people waiting for their help will love it too.
Yeah! What you said. lol
People will get more exercise if we just go back to stone age or beyond, and we have to chase down our food.
This is what they do, eliminate all efficiency and productivity for their stupid ideas.
I am sure the paramedics and their emergency patients will appreciate this.
He is nuts..I can remember the big high rises..ugly, concrete, square in the former Yugoslavia..
My friend who lived there told me they didn’t have elevators.. Some of them were probably over 20 stories..
New job for Bloomberg: StairMaster?
And to think, “name that Wienie” would probably be an improvement of the Czar of NYC!
“”If this building was five miles south in Manhattan it would be a luxury building,””
Give it a few years,,,, and it will look like Cabrini Green. But with pot gardens on the roof.
I had a 5th floor walkup on Brady St., in Milwaukee. First 10 days were kinda tough. After that no problem. But I’m someone who prefers the stairs. Used to run up and down them before skiing season started.
Wow, what’s next...we’re rounded up, shoveled into stockades and branded?
Then shipped to a vet who vaccinates us?
Screw him, Il Douche.
This is a gazillion heart attacks waiting to happen. This is a fact. There is no way I could make it past the first one and a half floors without dropping dead.
This should be called the “Bloomberg Torment the Cripples Campaign”.
It is based on the idea that the time of people who are handicapped is not important, so they should have to use slow elevators.
It's interesting to watch and see just how much batshtt New Yorkers will eat.
Could provoke a lawsuit from the elderly and/or the disabled - people who cannot walk up lots of flights of stairs. Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, would make it harder for EMT workers who are carrying special equipment to get to people who are having a medical emergency.
Bloomberg is why so many liberals think ALL Republicans are fascists.
Thanks for the ping!
‘this Bloomie fit initiative hurts the disabled.”
That is a VERY good point.
I’ve been to the Uk, Paris & Scotland in a wheelchair...the US is soo advanced. It makes me upset when people like Bloomie has no thought to what his policy idea will negatively affect wheelchair users.
Slightly off topic but this always fascinated me. I had a daughter who lived in NJ for a year and it was the first I knew that there was no self serve gasoline.
“In states besides Oregon and New Jersey (which also has a no-self-serve law), many gas station owners ignore the requirements outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they do not provide a full-service option for disabled drivers, nor provide those services at self-service rates. Hence, disabled drivers in Oregon benefit from the self-serve ban.
Now those type of laws are govt overeach.
“From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish.”
It is typical “lib-think”. Slow down the world so the lazy ass slackers can keep pace.
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