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Robert B. Tierney has joined the Taub Urban Research Center as a visiting scholar. He was also just appointed as chair of the NYC Landmarks Commission. Mr. Tierney, an expert in state and local governance who most recently served as director of public affairs at AT&T, has been an assistant counsel to NYC Mayor Ed Koch, chairman of the NYC Water Board, and a member of the board of directors of The Citizens Union of New York and of the Citizens Budget Commission.
08 APRIL, 2002
Lower Manhattan should be rebuilt but "decisions made on rebuilding and the memorial should move slowly enough to allow appropriate reflection, grieving" and the public's ongoing participation says the final report issued by The Civic Alliance To Rebuild Downtown New York from its February 7th "Listening To The City" citizens' forum.
The text of the full report is available here [PDF format]
Further, the forum's over 600 participants agreed that any memorial erected at the World Trade Center site should honor the "individual victims" and the innocence, strength, diversity and courage of the rescue workers and the "everyday people" killed on September 11th.
The Civic Alliance, a coalition of over 85 business, community and civic groups including the Regional Plan Association, the New York University Wagner School of Public Service and NYU School of Law, and New School University's Milano Graduate School, is convening a series of citizens' forums as a means for the general public to influence in a real way the recovery and rebuilding process. The initial gathering of February 7th allowed participants to discuss and vote on preliminary guiding principles for rebuilding and the essence of a memorial, and the report of those findings has been presented to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to help guide its planning efforts.
"The participants of the first meeting came from all walks of life - downtown residents and workers, families of victims and survivors, emergency and rescue workers, business and property owners, interested citizens and community leaders," said Arthur J. Fried, executive director of the NYU Wagner School's Center for Excellence in New York City Governance.
Fried said, "These people came together and forged a common vision of the values and principles of rebuilding that represent the aspirations, memories and pride of New York and the metropolitan region."
"What emerged was a remarkable consensus on the ways to transform Lower Manhattan into the world's first great 21st Century urban space while at the same time creating a powerful memorial integrated into the very fabric of downtown," said Robert D. Yaro, president of the RPA and a convener of the Civic Alliance.
Some of the other key findings of the February 7th meeting regarding the future of downtown Manhattan are:
The February 7th forum used "Electronic Town Meeting" tools developed by AmericaSpeaks, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that organizes similar large-scale civic forums, to gather this information. Guided by trained facilitators, participants gathered into groups of 10 to 12 people each to brainstorm and discuss their ideas. Results of each of several thematic conversations were collected by means of a network of wireless laptop computers and polling keypads, and the consensus of the entire 600 plus person group on many issues was tallied.
Professor Emeritus Dick Netzer was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a select group of about 200 planners chosen from among the much larger American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the AICP bestows upon a member. This honor is a recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public/ community service, and leadership. Those chosen become members of the College of Fellows, which is primarily concerned with mentoring and future advancement of the profession of planning.
Allison L. C. de Cerre�o is the new co-director of the Rudin Center. She replaces Susan Kupferman who left in February to join NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration as its new director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations.
Prior to joining the Rudin Center, Dr. de Cerre�o was director of science & technology policy at the New York Academy of Sciences where, among other responsibilities, she led two major efforts: developing pollution prevention plans for the New York/New Jersey Harbor, and boosting technology-led economic development in the Tri-State Region.
Dr. de Cerre�o was Associate Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1996 to 1998, and has taught courses in international relations at City University of New York’s Hunter and City Colleges. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
The Taub Center For Urban Policy Research and the Furman Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy have begun a monthly breakfast series on housing. The first breakfast on February 28th featured Jerilyn Perine, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and a former Wagner graduate student in urban planning, who spoke on "New Directions in Housing Policy."
On Thursday, February 7, 2002, NYU's Furman Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy co-sponsored a conference with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on "Policies to Promote Affordable Housing." Professors Ingrid Ellen and Amy Ellen Schwartz presented a paper entitled "The Role of Government in Providing Housing Assistance: New York City's Ten-Year Plan," co-authored with Professor Michael Schill and Research Fellow Ioan Voicu. Professor Schill presented another paper entitled, "The State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods: An Overview of Recent Trends" (co-authored with Furman Center Associate Director Glynis Daniels).
Over 600 citizens came together on February 7, 2002, at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan to discuss their ideas about the vision and values that should drive the recovery and rebuilding of downtown New York City in the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Center. They included those affected most directly by the September 11th disaster –survivors, families of victims, and downtown Manhattan workers, residents and small business owners – and police officers, firefighters, students and parents as well as foundation and NGO leaders and elected and appointed government officials.
Entitled “Listening to the City”, the forum was co-sponsored by members of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, a program of the Regional Plan Association, New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Center for Excellence in New York City Governance, Institute of Civil Infrastructure Systems, and the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management), the School of Law, and the Furman Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Using “electronic town meeting” tools – wireless laptop computers, polling keypads and trained facilitators from AmericaSpeaks – participants talked about the impact of September 11th; the economic, social and infrastructure principles for rebuilding; and the form and spirit of an appropriate memorial at the World Trade Center site.
Several common themes regarding downtown Manhattan’s future emerged from these discussions; key among them, that downtown Manhattan become a “vibrant, 24-hour mixed-use community” and that it be a “seamless transportation hub [with] all types of transportation (underground, surface, ferries) linking all parts of region.” The participants also said that any “memorial should be integrated into [the] total picture.”
Without focusing on an exact design or structure, the collective thinking about the essence of any memorial centered on a few themes: a sacred place to mourn; something reflecting the magnitude of what happened and its global impact; and honoring the heroism of the police, firefighters and emergency service workers as well as the “everyday people” that died.
“This was the start of a broad public conversation among the people of New York City and the region. It is their vision that will help to create our future,” said Arthur J. Fried, executive director of the NYU Center for Excellence in New York City Governance and a forum organizer.
“We’ve heard some good ideas from government and civic leaders, and from those in the architecture and real estate communities, about how to rebuild downtown,” adds Fried. “To those we are adding the voices of the residents, the workers, the survivors, the relatives, and the rescue workers heard here today. They have a profound understanding of the events of September 11th and of the needs of the city and will be most affected by how the city changes.”
Among the public officials who attended and delivered remarks were Charles Gargano, chairman and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation; Louis R. Tomson, executive director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; and Dan Doctoroff, the NYC deputy mayor for economic development. A final report from this forum, the first of several planned by the Civic Alliance, will be presented to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to help guide its planning and rebuilding efforts. Mr. Tomson, in closing the meeting, stated that “the report coming out of today’s work will be something that we rely on very heavily as we go forward.” A much larger event involving specific building proposals is being planned for later this year.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Fund for the City of New York, key financial supporters of the operations of the Center for Excellence, also provided funds to support Listening to the City. Beyond providing a $75,000 grant, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s President Stephen Heintz also helped secure funding from other groups. Other funders were: The Commonwealth Fund, the Ford Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the FB Heron Foundation, the Fund for the City of New York, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Schumann Fund for New Jersey.
Associate Professor Sonia Ospina and her colleagues on the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World (LCW) Research and Documentation project hit the road this semester to conduct in-depth interviews in 20 LCW awardee communities. Joining her in this work are Bethany Godsoe, MPA ’01, Associate Project Director for LCW, Jennifer Dodge, Wagner PhD candidate and Research Assistant for LCW, and David Gomez, also a Wagner PhD candidate. The interviews take an appreciative approach to narrative inquiry and are aimed at discovering how these communities engage in the work of leadership. Based on these interviews the LCW team will develop a leadership story for each program awardee. The stories will be part of a national communications effort to broaden the conversation about leadership across the country.
Professor Ellen Schall, Professor Ospina, and Bethany Godsoe were guest speakers at the William Alanson White Institute program in December 2001 in Organizational Development and Consultation study group. They shared their approach to leadership based on their work with Leadership for a Changing World. Also, in December, Sonia Ospina made a presentation to the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation that shared both the theoretical approach to leadership and the methods she and her colleagues are using for Leadership for a Changing World.
NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, directed by Wagner-affiliated faculty member Professor Norm Fruchter, completed a five-year study of the New York City Annenberg Challenge education reform project, the New York Networks for School Renewal (NYNSR). The study found that the NYNSR schools, which are smaller, more personalized learning environments, achieved improved academic performance for a diverse population of students within the existing bureaucratic structures.
Jack Rudin joined Lee Sander, co-director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, and The Wagner School Dean Jo Ivey Boufford in honoring the 2002 recipients of the Center’s annual Leadership in Transportation Awards at a January 31st reception held in Greenberg Lounge. The awards recognize the outstanding work of individuals and agencies to advance the quality and efficiency of the region's transportation system. This year's honorees were: Francis Lombardi, Chief Engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, winner of the Public Servant Award; Iris Weinshall [MPA ’87], commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, winner of the Public Agency Award; John Kaehny, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, winner of the Civic Leadership Award; and Joseph Hoffman, Senior Vice President of NYC Transit and Arthur Imperatore, Jr., president of NY Waterway, who were given special tributes in honor of their efforts to provide transportation in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
This year’s ceremony also included a special tribute to the late Lewis Rudin, a long-time member of NYU’s Board of Trustees. The tribute recognized the Rudin family’s continued and generous financial support for NYU, and in particular for the Center’s research and policy work regarding urban transportation issues.
Professor Rae Zimmerman has been appointed to the Committee on the Review and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Zimmerman also organized a panel and presented a paper at the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference on December 6th entitled, "Planning for Equity in Public Infrastructure Services."
Professor Zimmerman also published an article entitled, "Social Implications of Infrastructure Network Interactions" in the Journal of Urban Technology (December 2001). She is the Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation grants related to the September 11th attack. The first is a grant for a national research workshop (described under ICIS activities). The second is a research grant, "Urban Infrastructure Services in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from September 11th" to explore relationships between infrastructure resiliency and its condition before, during and after the attack.