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MAS and Pratt Institute Train Brooklyn Based Community Planners

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On Saturday, September 24, MAS and the Pratt Institute Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Design teamed up to host the fall session of Livable Neighborhoods. The day-long event brought together community activists from Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Brownsville, Flatbush, and Sunset Park, along with graduate planning students, to learn from professionals in the fields of city planning, economic development and historic preservation.

Instructors included city officials, non-profit leaders, and experienced community activists. The fast-paced day left those who participated with new tools and insight to become better involved in the major planning and policy issues facing their communities.

Livable Neighborhoods, generously supported by the Altman Foundation, is aimed at providing community activists with the knowledge they need to effectively participate in decisions that impact their neighborhoods. Since the inception of Livable Neighborhoods, MAS has provided hands-on training to more than 700 New Yorkers (including over one third of the city’s 59 community boards).

MAS designed Livable Neighborhoods in 2006 to fill an information gap for new community board representatives looking to expand their knowledge base. Over time, MAS has expanded the program to offer targeted trainings in topics like Advocating for Parks and Open Space, while also creating custom workshops for the needs of specific community boards. In the coming months, we will be updating our Livable Neighborhoods Manual, which serves as a more in depth reference on many of these topics.