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Posted: November 5th, 2008
Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century

Urban visionary and activist Jane Jacobs wrote that a strong sense of community is critical in creating dynamic and diverse neighborhoods. But today, it is increasingly difficult for New Yorkers of low and moderate income to live here. In the midst of these precarious economic times, how can planners, architects, city officials, and developers work with local residents to create affordable homes? How will today’s credit crisis further impact the cost and availability of housing in New York City? What can we do to retain the unique, densely populated, mixed-income neighborhoods that Jacobs favored? An introduction is given by Joan Shigekawa, associate director of The Rockefeller Foundation. Then a panel is moderated by Vicki Been, director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Panelists include: Jerilyn Perine, director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Holly Leicht, deputy commissioner for development, New York City Housing, Preservation, and Development; Michelle de la Uz, executive director, Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, founding partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP. This event was held by the Municipal Arts Society, as the First Annual Jane Jacobs Forum.



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