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New Policies for a Human-Scale City

22 October 9:30am - 6:00pm
Organized by: Tribeca Trust and New Yorkers for a Human-scale City
Venue: Middle Collegiate Church, Social Hall
50 East 7th Street
East Village, New York
New York

9:30:  Check-in

10:00 Welcome:  Mario Messina and Lynn Ellsworth


10:05  Panel 1:   New Ideas For A Human-Scale City

 Sal Albanese (attorney, former City Councilmember):  Democracy Vouchers for Campaign Finance Reform  William Duggan (author, Professor at Columbia University:  Democratic Neighborhood Improvement Districts: An Idea Whose Time Has Come  Simeon Bankoff (Exec. Director, Historic Districts Council):  Two or Three Ways to Save Neighborhoods without the LPC


11:00:  Panel 2:   Affordable Housing:  The Big Picture:  Part 1

 Moderator: Alison Greenberg  Jeffrey Kroessler (Board Member, Historic Districts Council):  Upzoning:  The The Promise and Reality   Marcelo Rochaburn (Journalist, Propublica):  How the rent stabilization laws have changed, making tenants weaker and owners stronger”   Tom Angotti (Professor at Hunter College, author):  How Displacement Happens and How to Stop It


11:05: 12:05:  Lunch Break

            - sandwiches and beverages will be available at cost in the Social Hall 


12:30:  Keynote Talk:  Roberta Gratz of the Center for a Living City:  What Should We Do to Change What Ails Us?

Roberta Gratz is founder of Center for a Living  City and author of The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, The Living City, and We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City

      With 15 minutes discussion/Q & A


 1:00:  Panel 3:  Affordable Housing for a Human-Scale City, Part 2 

 Moderator, Tom Angotti  Annetta Seecharan (Exec. Director, Chaaya CDC):  The Basement Campaign in Jackson Heights and why it matters for everyone   Brian Loughlin (Chief Architect, Jersey City):  Public Housing in Jersey City   Susanne Schindler (contributor, Urban Omnibus and Ph.D. Candidate):  Community, Context, and Capital:  How We Think about Affordable Housing


2:00:  Panel 4:  Density and Community-Based Planning

  Alan Berger and Suki Cheong (Concerned Citizens for Community Based Planning): Connecting the Dots on Density and Development   John Massengale (Architect and Author of "Street Design):  If You are Going to Plan Your City, Why Not Plan The One You Want?


2:45:  Coffee Break

3:00:  Panel 5:  Zoning for a Human-Scale City

   Lynn Ellsworth (Tribeca Trust):  Our Public Commons: Why Change the Rules about Height and Air Rights Transfers?    Layla Law-Gisiko (Community Board 5):  How to Redesign The Rules for ‘As-of-Right’ Building    Maureen Koetz (Friends of the South Street Seaport): How to fix what's wrong with the Enviromental    Impact Statements


3:45:  What is to be done?  How do we Work Together?  

 Michael Henry Adams (Save Harlem Now):  Topic to Be Announced Michael Hiller (Attorney):  Building a Coaltion


4:45:  Synthesis:  Lynn Ellsworth

5:00-6:00:  Reception