Don’t Sit on the Sidelines: Learn How to Plan Your Neighborhood’s Future Today
April 24th, 2009, 2:07 pm
While the recession cuts deep into New Yorker’s pocketbooks and neighborhoods, we can take strength from the fact that the city has weathered hard times before. Many of our neighborhoods — Melrose, Park Slope, Tribeca, Bushwick — have come to symbolize the enormous regenerative power of the city — power that comes about when when communities are actively involved in planning. Developers know that times of recession are times to plan for the comeback — communities know this, too. New York City is changing and the Livable Neighborhoods Program is designed to help communities plan for equitable and sustainable change — now and into the future. Our next full day of training will be Saturday, May 16 at Hunter College. Livable Neighborhoods directly connects you and your community with 20 years of the MAS Planning Center’s technical assistance expertise. As a participant, you’ll have current, New York City-specific information on a range of planning topics, from community organizing, to using census data to better understand your neighborhood, to reviewing environmental impact statements, to economic development, to creating plans and working toward their implementation. If you want to become more involved in your neighborhood, this is the program for you. (Click here to hear what people are saying.) Created with the input of grassroots planners and community advocates and first launched at Hunter College in 2007, the program provides you with in-person training, a take-home comprehensive community planning toolkit, and access to a web-based network for ongoing discussion. Although community board members are a core constituency of the program, the LNP is free and open to public with a special preference given to those individuals who are part of community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and other grassroots community groups.