sustainable community planning

Post-Sandy Resiliency Planning

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Hurricane Sandy exposed not only the urgent need for resiliency planning across New York City, but the disparate impact of climate change on low- and moderate-income communities and small businesses along the city’s waterfront.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pratt Center is working to develop community-driven long-term resiliency strategies.
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From the NYCHA tenants living without electricity and gas for months to the Brooklyn Navy Yard manufacturers whose equipment and inventory were destroyed, Hurricane Sandy overwhelmingly affected New Yorkers without the economic, technical and political resources to quickly respond and recover....

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Fulton Street Mall

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Amidst the City's broad redevelopment plan for downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Mall: New Strategies for Preservation and Planning - a Pratt Center project and report - offered strategies for securing the future of Fulton Mall as a vital public place.
Pratt Center has worked to improve Fulton Street Mall's commercial strip while preserving its role as a vital public place.
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We brought historic preservation, urban planning, ethnography, community cultural development, and economic development strategies together, and coordinated them to identify economic opportunities, preserve the most important historical resources, and provide unique and useful retail for...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
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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
  • ...
Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Green Community Plans

Intro Paragraph: 
New York City’s low- and moderate-income communities are disparately vulnerable to climate change and a range of environmental risks, such as waste transfer stations and dirty power plants. Mutually-reinforcing and interconnected, such disparities are the collective product of top-down public policies and market-driven planning largely implemented without the input and guidance of those forced to unevenly shoulder their burdens.
Pratt Center works with local groups to develop green community plans – comprehensive strategies toward sustainable, resilient and prosperous neighborhoods.
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To address this, community groups in dozens of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout the city have organized to plan for their futures and actively participate in the development efforts that affect their constituents’ lives. For years, Pratt Center has worked in partnership...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Jessie Braden
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Envisioning Community Sustainability through the Arts

This presentation describes Pratt Center’s practice of integrating environmental sustainability and the arts in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, and Arts East New York. Pratt Center worked with these community-based...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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

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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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A Review of Selected Incubator Kitchens & Training Restaurants

Following up on a 2010-2011 proposal to launch a sit-down restaurant and training kitchen on Farmers Boulevard, Pratt Center produced this national review of training and incubation kitchens. This presentation profiles a series of NYC incubation kitchens, which offer affordable rents and...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010

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

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