Vision Zero Plan Aims to End Pedestrian Fatalities in the City

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Vision Zero

While attending Columbia University, where he received a master of science in urban planning, Daniel Hewes worked during the summer of 2014 in the office of NY Senator Daniel Squadron as a community affairs fellow. In this position, Daniel Hewes assisted in the creation of a pedestrian and curb safety action plan in the lower part f the city.

Known as Vision Zero, the plan is designed to help eliminate pedestrian fatalities because of vehicle accidents. One study shows that 73 percent of fatalities in the city involve pedestrians, stating that pedestrian fatalities actually grew by two percent between 2005 and 2013. The study identifies priority areas, corridors, and intersections that have the highest fatality rates and suggests steps to be taken in order to make the curbs and sidewalks safer. Senator Squadron serves the 26th Senate District of NY as a member of several committees, including the corporations, authorities, and commissions committees, along with the finance and transportation committees.


Longest Tournament Winning Streaks in Tennis History

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Rafael Nadal

Daniel Hewes received his master of science in urban planning from Columbia University. He has experience as a researcher and outreach associate with The Sustainable Performance Institute and as a community affairs fellow working under New York Senator Daniel Squadron. In his spare time, Daniel Hewes enjoys staying physically active by playing tennis.

Between 2005 and 2012, Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters event eight times in a row, the longest winning streak at one tournament for a man since the professional and amateur tours joined in 1968. Nadal won his first Monte Carlo title, and his first masters title ever, as a teenager over Guillermo Coria in 2005. He reached the 2013 final to extend his record winning streak at the event to 46 matches and later won a ninth title in 2016.

On the women’s tour, a several players have won six tournaments in succession, including Steffi Graf’s six Hamburg titles between 1987 and 1992. However, few tournament winning streaks are as impressive as Martina Navratilova’s six Wimbledon titles. She reached the Wimbledon final nine times from 1982 to 1990, winning six titles between 1982 and 1987. Her winning streak featured several notable victories, including three of her five Wimbledon victories over rival Christ Evert.

Salvation Army in Haiti Responds to Victims of Hurricane Matthew

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Salvation Army


In 2015, Daniel Hewes received a master of science degree in urban planning from Columbia University, where he also served as an internal coordinator of the Planning Students’ Association. Daniel Hewes is an active supporter of several charitable organizations and has donated to the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army is an international evangelical movement and was founded in 1865 by William Booth. Concomitant with its mission of spreading the gospel, Salvation Army is also involved in civic activities aimed at helping those who are currently in need. Recently, the church helped assess the damages caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

With heavy rains, storm surges, and winds around 145 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew has recently devastated Haiti, forcing thousands of people out of their homes. Upon assessing the situation, Salvation Army’s Haiti Division Project Officer Major John Eddy Bundu reported that south and southeast Haiti have suffered the greatest levels of damage. Moreover, one of Salvation Army’s physical projects, a school in Fonds-des-Negres, has lost its roof.

Taking cues from the assessment, Salvation Army’s Haiti Division has set up plans in order to help those who have been affected. To learn how you can donate to their relief efforts, visit

U.S. Open – First Major to Be Played on Hard Courts

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US Open

Daniel Hewes, an urban planning graduate of Columbia University, is an avid tennis fan. Daniel Hewes has played tennis since a young age and enjoys attending the U.S. Open in New York every summer.

A decade after hosting the richest tennis tournament in the history of the sport, the U.S. Open once again made history by holding the first major competition on a surface other than grass or clay. In 1978, the United States Tennis Association opted to distinguish their event from the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon by embracing a relatively new surface, Deco Turf II.

Bjorn Borg and Bob Hewitt played the first match in Stadium Court in Flushing Meadows, New York, on the evening of August 29. Borg progressed to the finals, where he fell to American Jimmy Connors. Connors was contesting his fifth consecutive U.S. Open final and, with that victory, became the only man to win the U.S. Open on grass, clay, and hard courts.

On the women’s side of the tournament, 16-year-old Pam Shriver was one of the first players to use an oversized racket and succeeded in reaching the finals, where she faced fellow American Chris Evert. The shift from clay to hard court did not trouble Evert, who overwhelmed the younger Shriver to win her fourth consecutive U.S. Open title.

Arthur Ashe – Winner of the First U.S. Open

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Arthur Ashe

Daniel Hewes earned a BA in urban studies at Northeastern University and an MS in urban planning from Columbia University. Beyond his professional interests, Daniel Hewes enjoys staying active through tennis, which he began playing as a youth and continued competitively through college. He annually attends the U.S. Open in late August.

The initial U.S. Open was held in 1968 as one of the first major tournaments in the open era of tennis, which allowed both amateurs and professional athletes to compete for the sport’s most prestigious titles. Though some believed the professional players would dominate the competition, the inaugural U.S. Open was won by a 25-year-old amateur, Arthur Ashe, a lieutenant in the United States Army.

In defeating the Netherland’s Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, Ashe became the first African American to win a men’s singles title at the major level. As an amateur, however, he was forced to relinquish the $14,000 prize check and only received a $20 per diem. Ashe would reach the U.S. Open final once more in 1972, but won his second and third major titles in 1970 at the Australian Open and in 1975 at Wimbledon.

Free City Planning Curriculum From the American Planning Association

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American Planning Association

Urban planner Daniel Hewes recently attained his MS from Columbia University, where he focused on disaster planning in cities. Alongside his studies, Daniel Hewes joined and maintains a membership with the American Planning Association (APA).

The American Planning Association represents a network of 38,000 dedicated city planners, designers, and affiliated professionals. The organization works to improve American cities, using research and technology to make them safer, greener, and more livable.

The APA also provides a wealth of resources for teachers. It maintains a library of free curriculum in order to help educate the next generation of city planners and urban designers. One of these free resources is Metropolis, a multidisciplinary unit of study created by a third grade teacher. Metropolis teaches children about the fundamental parts of a city, and helps them understand how everything works together as a system. The curriculum includes relevant issues in health, art, and social sciences, allowing children to apply all of their learning to the study of communities.

Accidental Skyline by the Municipal Art Society of New York

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Accidental Skyline

Recent Columbia University graduate Daniel Hewes attained his MS in urban planning with a focus on community-led disaster planning. As part of his commitment to his chosen discipline, Daniel Hewes maintains an active membership in the American Planning Association as well as the Municipal Art Society of New York.

The Municipal Art Society of New York was established more than a century ago. Since 1893, its members have come together to bring lush parks, beautiful artwork, and useful public buildings to the streets of New York City.

The Art Society recently released a new project, dubbed the Accidental Skyline. This public awareness project seeks to include New Yorkers in conversations about new building projects in their city. The Society feels that many New Yorkers are surprised and sometimes concerned about sudden changes to their skyline.

Accidental Skyline will create transparency in the zoning and building process. Large scale projects will become subject to public review, and certain community members will be alerted to changes in their area. The project also creates safeguards for community venues like parks, ensuring that development does not spoil them for New Yorkers.