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Creating Networks of Community Builders in Brownsville


This past Saturday April 12, 2014, MAS kicked off its first Livable Neighborhoods Program in Brownsville. Grassroots organizers, and concerned citizens gathered at the Riverway Innovative Senior Center to gain knowledge and tools to advocate for improvements in Brownsville.

Starting off the day with a Community Planning 101 workshop, participants heard Christine Gaspar, executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy about the basic tools for planning that are used in New York City. Following the first session, Transportation Alternatives, Jennifer Godzeno made a strong case for the need to advocate for improvements to streets and presented ideas on how to make the streets of Brownsville more livable.

The program will offer eight training workshops over four sessions. With a wide range of workshops to choose from, participants will be able to develop multi-faceted tools to improve their communities. Courses include: Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing, Advocating for Parks, Identifying Community Strengths and Addressing Vulnerabilities, How to Make it Happen, Historic Preservation and Neighborhoods Based Economic Development.

The MAS Livable Neighborhoods program will continue to provide community activists with the knowledge they need to effectively participate in decisions that impact the livability of their neighborhoods. Since Livable Neighborhoods started in 2006, we’ve provided hands-on training to over 1000 New Yorkers (including over one third of the city’s 59 community boards).

To learn more about Livable Neighborhoods, and future sessions that will be offered on April 26th, May 17th, and June 14th, visit