John Infranca
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

John Infranca is the Jonathan L. Mechanic/Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Fellow at the Furman Center. Prior to joining the Center, he served as a law clerk to Judge Julio Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Judge Berle Schiller, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  John received a J.D., Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the New York University Law Review, a Lederman Fellow in Law and Economics, and a fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program.  He also earned a B.A and an M.T.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

After college and during graduate school, John worked with a number of homeless services organizations, as a case manager for refugees, and as the director of a service learning program in Mexico.  He has authored law review articles on topics including transferable development rights, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the informal economy, and protecting Social Security benefits from bank freezes and garnishments.  At the Furman Center, John’s research focuses on land use regulation and affordable housing.

Date Publication/Paper

Vicki Been, John Infranca, Josiah Madar, Jessica Yager 2014. Unlocking the Right to Build: Designing a More Flexible System for Transferring Development Rights Furman Center Policy Brief; March 2014
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A new report by the NYU Furman Center details the untapped potential for NYC’s transferable air rights program, a critical tool for high-density housing development in New York City. Using case study examples, the report outlines limitations to the city’s current TDR policies and suggests a policy approach that could unlock millions of square feet of unused air rights to help produce more affordable housing.