New York City is always changing — but every once in a while, 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 flexibility.
- We need immediate attention to not only building out basic housing needs, but also an ALL-in approach to save tenants from deteriorating structures.
New York City is always changing — but every once in a while, there is a sea change. At these pivotal moments, our strength has been our resiliency and adaptability. After 9/11, we remade Lower Manhattan into a community that prioritized livability and was not totally dependent on the 9-to-5 work week. 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. Suddenly places like Midtown that generated so much economic activity for New York seem built for another era.
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.
New York may be a group of communities, but it is also one city, and we are all in this recovery together.
Let’s start acting like it.
To see ourselves as walled-off enclaves is an old, and frankly biased, way of thinking.
Housing — including affordable housing — can and should be put anywhere it can go, as long as it benefits those who need it. And the infrastructure and space for jobs that support the city must also go where it is smartest to build — not just easiest.
Here’s how an Adams administration will do it.
"Only new thinking can lead to a new dawn."
– Zadie Smith
"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu