A Plan for the Urban Resilience of New York City and Its Neighborhoods
January 18th, 2013, 3:35 pm
Since the prescient events of Superstorm Sandy, which swept across the northeast coast of the United States in late October, 2012, the Municipal Art Society of New York has pulled together a number of convenings with coastal experts, local community leaders, and diverse stakeholders to discuss the lessons from this recent experience and to develop some key resilience principles going forward. For the third event in the series, MAS hosted Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up on Saturday, January 12. Joining the wide array of New Yorkers were a handful of recovery-hardened New Orleanians, who arrived to offer their support and recovery experience from seven years post-Katrina. Pulled together with over 80 partner organizations, the program included a day-long conference, preceded by site tours of affected neighborhoods on Friday, January 11. Untapped Cities one of our event partners, posted this photographic summary of the conditions tour participants found. The Saturday was a mix of plenary discussions and sixteen concurrent working sessions, pulled together to tackle the most pressing questions, including:
- Do we need a revised zoning regime to deter development from vulnerable areas?
- Have theses events provided us with an opportunity to re-address environmental justice issues?
- How can we better support NYCHA and other city agencies in their rebuilding and future preparedness efforts?
- What are the most effective ways to connect community-based responses (Occupy Sandy, neighborhood led initiatives) with the more formal efforts of the city, state and FEMA?
- What are the opportunities going forward to place a higher priority on sustainable building practices?
- How can we help neighborhoods bolster their own preservation and recovery?