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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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Transportation Equity Atlas

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Pratt Center launched the Transportation Equity Atlas project to begin to address the complex transportation challenges facing NYC's low- and moderate-income communities. We compiled, analyzed and mapped a range of data on commuter routes and travel time, comparing mobility and transit access among several neighborhoods.
We found alarming socioeconomic disparities in transportation access through a comprehensive analysis of commuter routes and travel time across NYC.
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We found great disparities in access between higher-income, professional workers and low-wage manual and service workers. High housing costs mean that most low-wage workers live in areas outside the city's subway-rich core. Those workers also must travel to work sites

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RenewableNY

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In 2005, the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), now a part of the Pratt Center for Community Development, launched an initiative that combined project management and small grants to encourage industrial companies in New York City to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
RenewableNY combined project management and small grants to encourage industrial companies in New York City to implement energy efficiency projects.
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Projects ranged from simple lighting upgrades to more complex solar energy systems, cogeneration units, energy efficient processing equipment, and other measures. The projects leveraged an additional $2 million in funds...

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Brownfield Redevelopment Planning

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Brownfields – defined by the EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence…of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant” – are littered throughout many of NYC’s low- and moderate-income communities.
Pratt Center works with local organizations to plan for the sustainable redevelopment of brownfields in low- and moderate-income communities.
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The product of deindustrialization, disinvestment and abandonment, brownfields are a barrier to local economic development, sustainable open space and quality public health, in addition to a blight on communities’ landscapes and well-being. 

Pratt Center has been a longtime...

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Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Paula Crespo
Jessie Braden
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Communities United for Transportation Equity

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COMMUTE is a coalition of New York City community groups that initially came together in 2007 to make congestion pricing work for working families, by advocating for the use of congestion pricing revenues to finance mass-transit investments benefiting underserved communities and low-income commuters.
COMMUTE collaborated with Pratt Center to develop a plan for a citywide Bus Rapid Transit network.
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COMMUTE is now continuing its work to promote mass-transit investments for inadequately served low-income New Yorkers. The Pratt Center is coordinating COMMUTE and providing supporting research.

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Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Distribution Opportunities for Small Food Manufacturers

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between 2008 and 2012, the number of food and beverage manufacturing firms grew significantly in New York City.
NYC's burgeoning food manufacturing sector can continue to grow and create jobs through the facilitation of third party product distribution.
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The sector saw growth of over 11% between 2008 and 2012, notably higher than the 7% increase for all businesses in the five boroughs, and this growth shows no sign of slowing down. However, in order for new food and beverage manufacturing firms to increase consumer demand, they need access to...

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Jen Becker
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