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Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century

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With the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, MAS brought together a panel of experts in the field of housing for the 2008 Jane Jacobs Forum in November, in conjunction with the annual Jane Jacobs Award.

Jane Jacobs believed a sense of community was critical in creating and maintaining dynamic and diverse neighborhoods, but today, it is increasingly difficult for people of low and moderate income to live in New York City. How can planners, architects, city officials, and developers work with local residents to provide homes that are affordable and sustainable? What role do the dense, mixed-income neighborhoods that Jacobs favored play in creating a strong sense of community?

Moderator Vicki Been of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy introduced the issues and an expert panel including: Jerilyn Perine of Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Holly Leicht of the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; Michelle de la Uz of Fifth Avenue Committee; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, LLP.