Join us for a discussion on tailoring development tools to deliver greater public benefits with Caroline Harris, AJ Pires, and Laura Wolf-Powers. Following their remarks, Munsun Park, Valerie White, and Nur Asri will join us as respondents. 

New York City has found clever ways to leverage private development to provide important neighborhood needs like open space, affordable housing, and landmarks maintenance. However, policies like zoning bonuses and special district designations benefit largely wealthy central neighborhoods. In contrast, new development that delivers amenities in historically underinvested communities can sometimes heighten land value and fears of displacement.

As we envision a new planning process under the next mayor, how can development tools deliver greater investments in transit, parks, and other public infrastructure to create livable and deeply affordable neighborhoods?

Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. This event will be hosted on a Zoom meeting for Forum Fellows and one additional guest. To properly register your guest, please include their name and email address with your confirmation.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of Citi Community Development and our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

To learn more about supporting our work, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553,

About Shape Shift ↓

Shaping Complete Neighborhoods is the ninth event for our Shape Shift series, a year-long inquiry into the current state of planning in New York City. As we approach the mayoral election cycle, the Forum has revisited historic planning shifts, surveyed international cities, and debated alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.

With the launch of 21 Visions for 2021, the Urban Design Forum will lead a series of events urging New York City’s next leaders to shape a more equitable planning, design and development process.