Talking Resilience: NYC

A report on how to build a more resilient New York City

October 1, 2015

Since Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast coast almost three years ago, City, State, and Federal agencies, hundreds of organizations, and thousands of individuals have mobilized to aid affected communities in their recovery efforts, increase preparedness, and develop new ways to make New York City and the surrounding region more resilient.

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MAS has long advocated that the resilience of urban areas – including their built, natural, social, and economic infrastructure – is strongly linked to the everyday livability of neighborhoods and the cities they comprise.

The same shared spaces that provide everyday opportunities for the social interactions and chance encounters that foster neighborhood cohesion, cultural understanding, a sense of belonging, the ability to source the ingenuity of others, and advance economic pursuits – our civic assets – are particularly critical in communities managing ongoing stresses and acute shocks.

MAS has been at the forefront of the post-Sandy effort to connect civil society leaders, government officials, grassroots community organizers, academics, and a host of other community leaders and urban practitioners through forums, convenings, and other programs. The resulting dialogues have helped foster policy recommendations based on lessons learned and helped to illuminate areas of continued vulnerability and need.

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