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Live in New York? This Website’s For You

A year ago this week, the MAS Planning Center launched a website (UPDATE: now integrated into mas.org) focused on planning issues in the city from a community perspective. The site covers a range of topics, from status reports on mega-projects like Atlantic Yards, to coverage of grassroots initiatives in all five boroughs, with the aim of engaging New Yorkers like you in shaping the city’s future. Recent articles have focused on the challenges to retaining neighborhood character facing residents of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, community involvement in the rezoning of Willets Point, Queens, and the issue of affordable housing in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The website also contains a calendar of events, including public hearings, community meetings, training sessions, lectures, and tours. So, let us know what the issues are in your neighborhood and what you are doing, or want to do, to improve the role of your community in solving them. The Community-Based Planning Task Force consists of local, grassroots community organizations, citywide civic groups, community boards, elected officials, professional planners, and academics. Based on the premise that people who live and work in a neighborhood are among the best-equipped to plan for its future, this coalition is laying the groundwork for the formal adoption of community-based planning as official New York City policy. Staffed by the Planning Center, the Community-Based Planning Task Force is leading the effort to create a more meaningful role for New Yorkers and their communities in the City’s planning and decision-making processes.