CHANGING CHELSEA; (S)CHMOOZERS
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|Look around Chelsea, and you'll see a transforming neighborhood. It's partly thanks to pioneering owners and tenants but also the Chelsea Improvement Co., an association making sure the area is safe, clean, and pedestrian friendly. We sat down with prez Dan Biederman to find out more.|
|You may recognize Dan's name from the changed 34th Street and Bryant Park. Although Chelsea Improvement Co. is not a BID, he says it hopes to rid the perception that Chelsea is a dangerous area and center of street prostitution. Additional taxi stands, better lighting and security, graffiti removal, improved sanitation service, and a small park at 15th and Ninth (pictured) are some of the improvements. These will also merge the border of the Meatpacking District into Chelsea, which starts at 14th Street.|
|The finishing touches on extensive tree and flower planting now culminate two years of work. Dan tells us that he's taking the lessons learned and applying them to other cities, including Richmond, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston, through his consulting company BRV Corp.|