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The First Annual Jane Jacobs Forum: Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century – This Wednesday

In setting out PlaNYC2030, Mayor Bloomberg said the city must prepare for its population to grow by more than 1 million by 2030. Providing these new New Yorkers with affordable and sustainable housing is one of the most important questions facing the city today. This Wednesday, November 5th, at the first annual Jane Jacobs forum, an expert panel will consider exactly how and where this can be achieved.

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?

This forum is underwritten through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation in conjunction with its annual Jane Jacobs Medal. With an introduction by Joan Shigekawa, associate director, The Rockefeller Foundation, Vicki Been, director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, will moderate a panel including: Jerilyn Perine, director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Holly Leicht, deputy commissioner for development, New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; Michelle de la Uz, executive director, Fifth Avenue Committee; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, founding partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, LLP.

Tickets are $15, $12 MAS members/students and can be purchased online or by calling 212-935-2030.

Jane Jacobs Forum 2008: Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception to follow, at Vanderbilt Hall, New York University Law School, 40 Washington Square South, New York City, NY 10012