What We're Working On

Streets, parks, and waterfronts for all: toward a progressive vision of New York’s public realm

Event on November 15, 2013


How will a new administration define an equitable agenda for transportation, public space, coastal protection?

Do big changes have to come from the top down - or is there a democratic way to shape New York City?

And what do the Dutch know that we don’t?

Please join Pratt Center for Community Development and Pratt Institute's Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development for a conversation featuring:

Event Details

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:00pm
144 W 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Ave. Rm 213 Pratt Manhattan

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Coming Soon: A Better Prattcenter.net

News last updated October 28, 2013

Pratt Center is excited to report that we are almost finished with our new and improved website with more information and new features. We will launch the website in the next few weeks - check back here soon. Please bear with us, as we are not regularly updating this site while we put the final touches on our new site. We appreciate your patience and we look forward to seeing you here soon on the improved prattcenter.net.

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Testimony on Industrial Policy to Small Business Committee of New York City Council

Testimony last updated October 2, 2013

Testimony Before New York City Council Committee on Small Business September 23, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. I am Adam Friedman, Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development which works to build a more equitable and sustainable city.

Almost a decade ago I stood next to the Mayor to support a new industrial policy for New York City. The policy represented a tremendous step forward because it recognized the centrality of stabilizing real estate costs for manufacturing to grow and flourish in New York. Companies cannot invest in new equipment, training their workers, or building relationships in their community if they have no prospect of renewing their leases and not being gentrified out.

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The Future of Industrial Brooklyn

Report last updated September 18, 2013

Recognizing the economic and job creation potential of New York City’s manufacturing sector, five Brooklyn-based Community Development Corporations (CDCs) came together with technical assistance from Pratt Center to convene a diverse set of over 60 stakeholders to explore the future of industrial neighborhoods in north and central Brooklyn. Together, they considered the area's potential and sought to identify strategies to encourage manufacturing business and job growth.

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Bus Rapid Transit Rolls: Pratt Center vision informs agency studies and a City Council bill

News last updated September 10, 2013

In 2007, Pratt Center and its partners in Communities United for Transportation Equity (COMMUTE!) were the only New York City groups talking about the potential of Bus Rapid Transit to address the mobility needs of underserved communities. Inspired by a visit to Bogotá, Colombia and the experience of riding TransMilenio, Pratt Center staff and allies confronted the dismal reality faced by poor and working-class commuters back at home.

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