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I’d walked down Vanderbilt Avenue many times before, but walking through Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets on a September evening last year was a revelation.
Americans are systematically criminalized for nothing more than their poverty and the color of their skin. It is heartbreaking to see what it takes to prompt action.
On May 22, 2019, the “Summer in the City” series from The New York Times published my recommendation for an activity in the Bronx as part of an article highlighting the possibilities of a daylong adventure in the borough.
In March 2019, The Boston Globe published my letter to the editor about inadequate diversity at Harvard graduate schools. I argue universities cannot treat cities as living laboratories if they do not prepare students sufficiently.
When cash-strapped landlords need to make improvements to their buildings, they turn to HPD as a lender of last resort. They need to know about these services to use them, however.
In 1938 — as the New Deal infused capital into cities and Robert Moses molded New York — the federal Home Owner’s Loan Corporation (HOLC) carved America into the unequal landscapes it is today. We still see those effects in the Bronx to this day.
Introduced at the end of 2015, New York City’s Neighborhood Planning Playbook creates the framework for a planning process that encourages collaboration between city agencies and with local communities.
New York claims to be a welcoming city, but housing costs are changing our neighborhoods. HPD is trying to plan for a fairer, more inclusive city.
“She understood us because she is one of us. The real highlight of her campaign was just how genuine she was. Her voice felt very true.”
I can’t adequately explain how much this means to me. I haven’t been this inspired by political energy since Barack Obama soared into office.
Interview: Growing Community, Gardens, and Land Trusts—Raymond Figueroa, Jr. in the South BronxRaymond FigueroaInterview: Growing Community, Gardens, and Land Trusts—Raymond Figueroa, Jr. in the South Bronx
Raymond Figueroa, Jr. is a man of many hats: a leader in Brook Park, President of the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC), and Visiting Instructor at the Pratt Institute.
Municipal disinvestment made the Bronx the poster place of planned shrinkage, but concerted efforts by public, private, and nonprofit sectors—including residents themselves—have allowed our resilient community to flourish in its wake.
I see fascism, so I’m saying something.
It’s easy to brush these elections off, but New Yorkers should take them seriously; our lives hang in the balance.
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