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A Luxury Housing Subsidy New Yorkers Can't Afford

The legislature is poised to renew a tax break to New York's real estate industry that shortchanges affordable housing.

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Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Affordable and Market Rate Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

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This documents offers a comprehensive list of energy efficiency programs offered for affordable and market rate housing.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Energy Efficiency
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New York City's Housing Crisis: Private Development and Public Need

In commemoration of Pratt Center’s 50th anniversary, we’re proud to present our 1983 report with the Center for Metropolitan Action at Queens College, “New York City’s...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, December 12, 1983

Global Cities, Inequality, and the Public Realm

“Global Cities, Inequality and the Public Realm” – a new report by Joan Byron, Pratt Center’s Director of Policy – is the culmination of Ms. Byron’s Fellowship with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In light of the seemingly inexorable growth of...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013

421-a Geographic Exclusion Area (GEA) Existing Boundaries and Proposed Additions Overlaid With NY State Assembly Districts

New York City’s 421-a property tax exemption program was created in the 1970s, when the city was on hard times, to encourage developers to build new housing.

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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421-a Geographic Exclusion Area (GEA) Existing Boundaries and Proposed Additions Overlaid With NY State Assembly Districts

Preserving Local Retail: Issues and Strategies

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Vicki Weiner

Presentation for the APA Metro Chapter Zoning Committee

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Community Resiliency Planning Hubs

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pratt Center envisions the creation of community resiliency planning hubs to streamline government resources and to foster a participatory rebuilding process. Toward this end, we recently worked with a number of our partners to launch the Sandy Design Help Desk in Rockaway.
Community-based, post-Sandy planning hubs can serve as a one-stop-shop for government, communities and businesses to work toward resiliency.
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For one week in October 2013, the Help Desk provided free expert design and technical consultation to residents and property owners still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Volunteer architects and designers gave individual guidance on building code, zoning and design questions. We...

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American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Margert Community Corporation
Enterprise Community Partners
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Inclusionary Zoning

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During his first term in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced expansive plans to rezone more than twenty New York City communities – including the Far West Side of Manhattan, Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Long Island City, and parts of the South Bronx. As originally proposed, the plans were poised to generate more than 50,000 new units of housing, almost all of them for rent or sale at market rates.
Pratt Center co-led a coalition that successfully advocated for new affordable housing through inclusionary zoning.
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Pratt Center joined with community groups, advocacy and religious organizations to successfully advocate for the rezonings to generate badly needed new affordable housing for low, moderate, and middle-income New Yorkers, with the help of inclusionary zoning. ...

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Reforming NYC's 421-a Property Tax Exemption Program

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Pratt Center has played a pivotal role in reforming the 421-a tax abatement, available to developers in certain zones of New York City who sponsor the creation of affordable housing, to expand the program's reach beyond central Manhattan.
Pratt Center played a pivotal role in reforming the 421-a tax abatement to sponsor the creation of affordable housing beyond central Manhattan.
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Former director Brad Lander served on a mayoral task force evaluating options for reform of the program, which cost New York City $400 million in 2006 even while many developers receiving the benefit were not obligated to produce affordable housing in exchange.

As a result of a...

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One City/One Future

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One City/One Future, a collaboration between National Employment Law Project, New York Jobs with Justice, and Pratt Center, developed an ambitious new vision for economic development, in which growth delivers living wage jobs, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and livable neighborhoods.
The One City/One Future Blueprint was the product of four years of a diverse collaboration to make economic development work for all New Yorkers.
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It provided an urgently needed framework for recovery from the current economic downturn. A vision for shared prosperity, it put the needs and voices of communities front and center. Most crucially it...

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