City-Wide

Planning for Neighborhood Retail

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Local shopping districts with a range of retail and community-responsive services are integral to socially and economically healthy neighborhoods. But many of New York City’s low- and moderate-income communities are without thriving commercial areas.
Diverse commercial corridors with thriving locally-owned businesses lead to prosperous and vibrant neighborhoods.
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Dilapidated commercial space, big box store development, poorly planned corridors, and rising storefront rents are but a few examples of the everyday challenges facing local merchants – from new entrepreneurs to small businesses that have been around for decades.

As part of our...

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Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Paula Crespo
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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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Green Community Plans

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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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