Danny Fuchs is the Director of Capital Planning at the NYC Department of City Planning. As the leader of the Capital Planning team, established in 2014, he works to advance neighborhood-based investment strategies and promote more collaborative planning through data and technology.
Balanced Budget, Balanced City?
For the second event of our Maintaining inquiry, we were joined by Danny Fuchs, Jennifer Godzeno, Ronnie Lowenstein, Preston Niblack and Henry Grabar for an investigation into how the city budget impacts the built form of New York City.
The New York City budget starts from scratch every year. Tasked with allocating resources to services and infrastructures that run the city, the details of this enormous undertaking are not common knowledge. How does the city budget process affect our daily lives? How do City agencies participate in the process? Are they forced to compete with one another, or allowed to collaborate? Is there room for improvement and innovation?
Henry Grabar moderated a discussion between our panelists that oriented our Fellows to the workings of the city budget and examined how this abstract entity informs the urban landscape.
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Balanced Budget, Balanced City? was held at the offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where Ken Lewis and Jennifer Pehr, Fellows of the Urban Design Forum, introduced the space and the speakers for the night’s discussion.
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Jennifer Godzeno is Deputy Director at the Participatory Budgeting Project. She focuses on scaling the integration of grassroots engagement and civic technology into public investment decisions across the US and Canada. She is also an inaugural Culture of Health Leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and serves on the Stamford, CT Planning Board.
Ronnie Lowenstein was named Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office in August, 2000. Prior to joining IBO, Ms. Lowenstein was an economist in the Domestic Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught economics at Barnard College.
As Deputy Comptroller for Budget, Preston Niblack is responsible for overseeing the work of the Budget Bureau including monitoring of New York City’s fiscal and cash position, analyzing and reporting on the City budget, and issuing reports on various budgetary and economic issues.
Henry Grabar is a staff writer at Slate who writes about architecture, transportation, and public space. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus, the magazine of the Architectural League of New York. Henry was also a member of the Forum's inaugural Forefront Fellowship in 2016.