Join us in discussion with Kim Phillips-Fein, Andrew Rein and Xavier de Souza Briggs as they discuss lessons learned from past financial crises and ways to center equity in future city budgets. During our discussion, Jennifer Sun and Kate Slevin will join us as respondents.

The economic crises of 1975 and 2008 left municipalities across the country in dire financial straits. Though New York City was able to bounce back from both crises, it did not fully leverage these moments to address the growing racial wealth gap that persists today. As a result, only some neighborhoods saw the benefit of new private investments ushered in by the economic recovery, while others –mainly New York City’s low-income communities of color– continued to see chronic disinvestment and poorly maintained housing, transit, hospitals, and parks. 

For our sixth Power After the Pandemic dialogue, our experts discussed shortcomings from previous economic recovery plans through a racial justice lens, and explored more sustainable strategies to support community development, answering  the question: how can we ensure long-term public investments in New York City’s hardest-hit neighborhoods?

Listen back below.

Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Our digital programming in the Power After the Pandemic series is open to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.

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Power After the Pandemic is made possible through the support of Citi, the supporters of the ANHD 10th Annual Community Development Conference, and the Urban Design Forum Director’s Circle. If you are interested to learn more about supporting this program, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director,

About the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development ↓

ANHD is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. Our members include more than 80 neighborhood-based affordable housing and equitable economic development organizations across New York City, and we use capacity-building, organizing, and policy advocacy to advance our mission.