On February 25, Fellows joined us for drinks and discussion with two organizers confronting the nation’s housing crisis: Janne Flisrand and Tommy Newman.

Residents across the country are struggling with the rising cost of housing and beginning to organize. From Seattle to Cambridge, activists are taking aim at restrictive land use policy to unlock dense new housing. 

Two community-led movements have campaigned on narratives of achieving racial equity and ending homelessness. Neighbors for More Neighbors successfully pressured Minneapolis lawmakers to eliminate single-family zoning and allow triplexes citywide. United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Everyone In campaign fights for a fair share of supportive housing across the city and secured $5 billion through voter referenda to end homelessness. 

Following their presentations, Janne Flisrand and Tommy Newman will join Beatrice Sibblies to discuss: What strategies can New York City learn from both movements as it works to achieve a fair share of housing development?


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Our Partners ↓

The Urban Design Forum is pleased to partner with The Century Foundation to present this event.


Our Sponsors ↓

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

Shape our year-long inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers on developing a progressive agenda for the built environment. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Shape Shift

Driving It Home is the fifth 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 will revisit historic planning shifts, survey international cities, and debate alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.


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