New York City is always changing — but every once in awhile, there is a sea change. At these pivotal moments, New York’s strength has always been its resiliency and its ability to adapt.
New York may be a group of communities, but it is also one city, and we should all be in this recovery together. Let’s start acting like it.
- Our future is in aggressive and affordable housing plans.
- More options for residents to live and work will build resilience and flexiblity.
- Immediate attention to not only building out basic housing needs, but also an ALL in approach to save tenants from deteriorating structures.
After 9/11, we remade downtown Manhattan into a live/work community that prioritized livability and did not depend completely on the 9-to-5 workweek. After Sandy, we rethought our shoreline.
Now we face perhaps our greatest test: COVID-19. The effect of the virus on the way our city works — or doesn’t — is apparent.
"Housing — including affordable housing — can be and should be put anywhere it can go, as long as it benefits those who need it"
But we can also see much more clearly now how the design of our city was already flawed — and often how those flaws perpetuated inequality.
To see ourselves as walled-off enclaves is an old, and frankly biased, way of thinking. And the infrastructure and space for jobs that support the city must also go where it is smartest to build — not just easiest.
"Only new thinking can lead to a new dawn."
– Zadie Smith