On February 18, Forefront Fellows hosted a workshop investigating how the 15-minute neighborhood framework can build community power and support a resilient recovery in New York.

As New Yorkers face the triple threat of COVID-19, the climate crisis, and economic inequality, planners, designers and policy-makers are exploring solutions for a just, green recovery. The 15-minute neighborhood model envisions that local communities have equitable and convenient access to services, jobs, and businesses — yet whether this model is relevant for the NYC context and for community organizers working on the ground remains to be seen. Featuring community organizers and planners from some of NYC’s most impacted neighborhoods, this workshop explored whether the 15-minute neighborhood model can apply to NYC’s neighborhoods in a way that is equitable, sustainable, and community-driven.