August 2017
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Planning the New Frontier

Since the city began crafting proposals for redevelopment on the Far West Side, the Municipal Art Society has been fostering dialogue on the future of this often over-looked area of Manhattan. A year ago this month, MAS presented Planning for the New Frontier: The Economics of the Far West Side — a standing-room-only open forum on the economic implications of the city’s development plan, held at the Signature Theatre. Representatives from the Department of City Planning, the Federal Reserve, the real estate development community, civic advocacy groups, academia, the New York Jets, and the Hell’s Kitchen community participated in a discussion moderated by New York Times reporter Charles Bagli. In addition, MAS has hosted roundtable discussions on various issues that either affect or are affected by the proposed Far West Side development. A total of five separate sessions focused on issues of transportation, housing, manufacturing, the theater industry, sustainability and environmental concerns. These roundtables attracted experts and other interested individuals to come together and share their ideas. They worked to highlight the importance of the various issues and offer solutions to mitigate any adverse impacts of redevelopment.

For 112 years, the MAS has maintained a close involvement with New York’s built and natural environments. That commitment will continue. Check back soon for updates.