Navigating Public Institutions

Took a 4 down to City Hall Park today, in search of some historical zoning maps I need for a project on gentrification. My first stop was the Municipal Library, followed by a trip across the hall to the records room. Neither of these places had what I was looking for, so I walked a block to the Department of City Planning at Reade and Elk. I asked for the incremental updates to map 8B, and I had photocopies in my hands after mere moments!

This is a shout out to the DoCP. Keep rockin.

4 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Sometimes, research can be fun!

  2. Noah (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    It is surprising how easy some things can be in this city! A couple years back, my car got banged up in a valet parking lot, so I took them to court. Excluding the commute, the whole process of filing the paperwork and scheduling a court date took maybe 15 minutes. It was easy, not convoluted at all, and made me want to sue others! No wonder our culture is so litigious.

  3. Neil (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    Did you win?

  4. Noah (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    Yup! Well, kinda. The valet parking company blew me off for a number of weeks, until the date approached and they offered me half of the estimate, which was fine since I didn’t end up getting it fixed and wasn’t charged for it by the leasing company when I returned the car.

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