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Fairness Coalition of Queens

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The Fairness Coalition of Queens (FCQ) – an umbrella group of a dozen faith groups, immigrant and youth-serving agencies, and housing advocates – united in 2012 to respond to three unaccountable, unsustainable development project proposals.
A diverse coalition is fighting to preserve open space and expand affordable housing in the face of several unaccountable development proposals.
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These projects would have collectively transformed Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the densely-populated surrounding neighborhoods of Corona, Flushing, and Elmhurst.They included:

  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) plans for a major revamping of
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Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Still Subsidizing Luxury Development

This report calls for a reform of New York City's "421-a" tax exemption program to stop giving tax breaks to building owners who do not include affordable housing units. The “421-a” tax exemption program was created in the 1970s, when the city was on hard times, to...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Transforming the Sheridan Corridor

Intro Paragraph: 
For decades, the Sheridan Expressway – a 1.25 mile remnant of the Robert Moses era – has severely impeded the quality of life in Hunts Point and the surrounding communities in the South Bronx.
A Bronx-based coalition is successfully leading the fight to transform the Sheridan Expressway and to create affordable housing and green open space where it used to be
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The Expressway restricts access to the revitalized Bronx River, new parks such as Concrete Plant Park and Starlight Park, and the South Bronx Greenway. It forces trucks to drive through neighborhood streets and cars to idle in traffic, harming pedestrians and restricting safe biking. Local...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
Sydney Cespedes
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The Green Agenda For Jackson Heights

The Green Agenda is a plan crafted by the people of Jackson Heights to address their ecological, economic, and social concerns. From November to March 2010, Pratt Center helped facilitate a community visioning process, bringing together over 400 Jackson Heights residents to imagine a greener...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, November 1, 2010

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan, completed in 2007, is the compilation of work begun by the Community Board in 1998, and later revised and supported by the Office of Manhattan Borough President, a Columbia University Planning Studio, the New York City Council, the Harlem Community...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2007

One City One Future: A Blueprint for Growth that Works for All New Yorkers

This blueprint for economic development is the product of four years of collaboration by civic leaders, neighborhood advocates, community development organizations, labor unions, local development corporations, environmentalists, and others to make economic development work for all New Yorkers...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

New York's Housing Underground: A Refuge and Resource

In this report, Pratt Center and Chhaya CDC call for the legalization of basement units and other illegal accessory dwelling units to create more affordable housing opportunities. Pratt Center and Chhaya make the case that legalizing and regulating these housing units would make them safer to...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Time For Gut Rehab: How the Next Governor Can Rebuild

This report documents the housing affordability crisis under Governor George Pataki’s administration and suggests policies for the next Governor to strengthen the New York housing market. While the need for affordable housing grew, the Pataki administration cut spending on housing low-...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

East Brooklyn Housing Report

This report documents the findings of a study of housing in the neighborhoods of eastern Brooklyn in Community Districts 5 and 16. Each neighborhood and its housing market is profiled, vacant and city owned lots are identified as development opportunities, and sub-prime loans and foreclosed...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2009

Increased Housing Oppourtunity in NYC: The Case for Inclusionary Zoning

Pratt Center and PolicyLink make the case for inclusionary zoning- setting aside low- and moderate-income units in new housing developments under designated areas in a rezoning- as a tool to ensure that the benefits of change in NYC neighborhoods will be fairly shared in the years to come. This...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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