Interestingly, what makes Commissioner Sadik-Kahn such an effective commissioner for NYCDOT is her lack of patience, high expectations, and grit. The commissioner understands politics and the mechanics of the political machine, and not just any political machine, but the byzantine political machine of New York City. Though some critics have called the Commissioner’s leadership style “alienating,” it seems that the Commissioner inspires tremendous loyalty from her 55 Water Street cadre.
Urban policy and planning work requires a wide breadth of knowledge and objectivity. Though I was unfamiliar with many of the projects and issues DOT was dealing with, I found myself learning quickly and wanting to learn more. I particularly enjoyed learning about an issue in the office and then examining the issue in person outside the office.
A supporter of bike lanes and walkable cities, I was shocked when the ostensibly liberal and...Read More