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New York’s City Vitals: The Economics of Livability

What are the economic benefits that cities like New York gain by being more livable? Joe Cortright, president and principal economist for Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, will speak about the ways certain urban environments incubate talent, innovation, connections and distinctiveness, and the positive economic effects this has in these areas.  Mr. Cortright, working as a senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, developed City Vitals, a report that documents these four key elements that drive prosperity in urban environments. Brendan Sexton, partner of The Sexton Company and former president of The Municipal Art Society will introduce this presentation. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

The Big Idea – Livability

How livable a city is New York? Municipal Art Society Chairman David M. Childs and President Vin Cipolla will open the inaugural MAS Summit for New York City by posing that question to several prominent New Yorkers, who will kick off the day’s discussions. Philip K. Howard, vice-chairman of Covington & Burling LLP and MAS board member, will set the stage, followed by Ronay Menschel, chairperson for Phipps Houses, who will introduce keynote speaker Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation.

The MAS Survey on Livability

MAS President Vin Cipolla will release the results of the MAS Survey on Livability. The Municipal Art Society commissioned the Marist Institute for Public Opinion to conduct the survey of 1,000 New Yorkers to determine what they feel makes New York City livable.  The survey is supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Panelists will react to the results of the survey and discuss how the concerns of New York City residents can be addressed and how livability can be improved. Gary Zarr, principal at Phil & Company, will introduce this panel and Time Out North America president Alison Tocci will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, Robert McNulty, CEO of Partners for Livable Communities, and MAS Urban Fellow Mary Rowe.

Demographics of a Changing New York

What does it mean to have a dynamic population in New York? Why is immigration vital to our city? How do we compare to other urban environments regionally and nationally? Demographics of a Changing New York will address these questions and look at what the statistics mean to New York’s neighborhoods. The panel will be moderated by New York Times Journalist Sam Roberts. Joseph Salvo, a well known demographics expert and director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning, will present findings on population shifts and trends in the city. Panelist Gordon Campbell, president & CEO of United Way of New York City, will talk about New York’s senior population. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will respond from the perspective of New York’s diverse immigrant communities. Caron Nazario, a MAS CITI Youth student, will discuss livability from the youth perspective. And Vicki Been, Boxer Family professor of Law, affiliated professor of Public Policy, and faculty director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, will address what these needs mean for the questions that the city faces in terms of land use policy and economic development. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

Closing Discussion

How can we continue to create an environment that supports the varied needs of our residents? In what ways can new ideas, technology and creativity propel our city into the next decade? Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, will introduce the Summit’s last discussion between Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin. They will take a final look at the direction of our city in the years to come and discuss how we, as the shapers of this environment, can come together to create a better New York for all who visit, work and live here.

Resilience, Prosperity and the New “Low-Carbon” Economy

In a time of limited public resources, what are the new innovations and financing models that can help build resilient, livable cities and new “low-carbon” economies that are both sustainable and prosperous? Drawing from the Rockefeller Foundation’s global and local urban initiatives, President Judith Rodin will deliver a keynote address on new strategies and approaches to plan for climate change, promote “green” jobs, invest in affordable transportation and housing, and strengthen social capital and inclusion in cities. President Rodin will also highlight creative financing models that leverage public-private funding pools and partnerships to support innovations that can drive prosperity, growth and new cutting-edge opportunities.