Join Eloise Hirsh, Sam SchwartzMargaret Tobin, and Deborah Marton for a retrospective on caring for New York City’s public assets from the fiscal crisis to today.

The city’s heralded renaissance is often contrasted with the 1970s, a distant past through which the city had to pass to arrive at our current era of brand new parks, transit and unprecedented construction of new housing. But in fact, the fiscal crisis of the ’70s—and the subsequent budget cutbacks—reshaped the city’s approach to maintaining the public realm.

What led to the diverse public-private partnership models that currently maintain our parks, transit systems and public amenities?


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The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend.



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Help us craft a vision for maintaining New York City!

Maintenance: A Retrospective is the first program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical and social infrastructure.

Share your ideas about how to care for New York City’s public assets.


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EPA, National Archives and Records Administration