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Furman Center's 10th Annual "Housing & Neighborhoods" Report Explores NYC Trends
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a project of the New York University School of Law and NYU Wagner, has just released the 10th annual edition of its widely read State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report.
Professor Ingrid Ellen is quoted in this Crain’s article about the report, while Professor Vicki Been discussed it with “Morning Edition with Brian Lehrer” on WNYC-AM/FM.
Professors Been and Ellen are the directors of the Furman Center, which, in February, garnered a nationally prestigious MacArthur Award For Creative and Effective Institutions.
The 10th annual edition of the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, features 2011 data on housing, demographics, and quality of life indicators for each borough and for the city’s 59 community districts. It also finds that while the city remains highly segregated by race, more of its neighborhoods are racially integrated today than 20 years ago. In addition, this year’s report analyzes mortgage finance trends in New York City, and finds that the volume of lending is increasing, the number of foreclosure notices issued has dropped from previous years, and the number of properties entering REO has decreased.
Wagner Honored with NYU 2012 President's Service Awards
IPSA reps (l. to r.) Morgan Dixon, Becky Bavinger, Anna Gangadharan, Kate Staff, Vedrana Misic, and Leah Vinton.
NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Association, the Wagner Policy Alliance, and Zawadi Rucks Ahidiana are the recipients of the 2012 President’s Service Award.
The award spotlights the distinguished achievements of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and organizations for their promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University.
The 2012 Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 24 in the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, on the 4th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life, according recognition to:
The International Public Service Association: For its continued success in working well with faculty and administrators to design international development programming that best meets the needs of their constituency.
The Wagner Policy Alliance: For its exemplary leadership, professionalism, and outstanding success on their NYU-wide event, "Campaign Watch 2012."
Zawadi Rucks Ahidiana, adjunct lecturer in public administration: For her academic excellence, professionalism, and outstanding contributions to the NYU Wagner community.
Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, who make Wagner proud!
NYU Wagner Soars in US News & World Report Rankings
The just-released U.S. News & World Report rankings of 266 public affairs master's programs across the country show NYU Wagner tied for 6th overall this year.
The results are thrilling confirmation of Wagner's upward trajectory. In the previous survey four years ago, Wagner finished in the top 10 for the first time, having risen from 26th in 2001. Additionally, Wagner is top-ranked in six of the specialty categories: #2 in City Management and Urban Policy; #8 in Health Policy and Management; #5 in Nonprofit Management; #8 in Public Finance and Budgeting; #9 in Public Management Administration; and #8 in Social Policy.
Wagner is grateful to the deans, directors and department chairs of master's programs around the country whose votes acknowledge our path of distinction and success.
Furman Center Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. This distinguished award recognizes the Furman Center's excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in New York City and across the nation. The award, announced on February 16, comes with a grant of $1 million, which the Furman Center will use to broaden its research and policy analysis to more national issues.
"We are humbled and honored that the Furman Center was selected for such a prestigious award," said Vicki Been, faculty director of the Furman Center. "The demand for our work has grown dramatically with the housing crisis and the increasing need for sustainable and affordable housing across the country. This award presents a remarkable opportunity for us to expand our research beyond New York City to help policymakers in Washington and across the nation make more effective housing and community development investments and policies."
"Because we are based at New York University, and are a joint project of the NYU School of Law and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, we're able to draw on the talents of a diverse team of faculty and students to produce rigorous, interdisciplinary research on urban policy issues," Furman Center Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen said. "The MacArthur Award comes at a critical time, allowing us to continue to expand the work we've always done in New York City to cities and neighborhoods across the country, and to address a broader range of national issues and public policy debates."
From analyses of how subsidized housing investments affect neighborhoods, to studies of the impacts the foreclosure crisis has had on local crime, neighboring property values, tenants, and the educational trajectories of children, the Furman Center has been committed to producing objective and empirically rigorous research on pressing policy issues. Its policy breakfasts, roundtable discussions, and conferences bring thought leaders from all sectors and all points of view together to discuss topics ranging from new models for housing extremely low-income households to creative ways of addressing credit needs in a volatile and declining housing market. The Center launched an Institute for Affordable Housing Policy in 2010 to bring research, policy analysis, and debate about promising new ideas and innovative practices to bear on the challenges of creating cost-effective affordable housing programs. Through its annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report, Quarterly Housing Updates, and Subsidized Housing Information Project, the Center provides essential data and analysis for the media, government agencies, non-profit housing providers, and affordable housing developers and financiers.
The award is both a recognition of the excellence of the Furman Center's prior research and policy analysis and an investment in the Furman Center's future. The Furman Center will use the grant to build data and research partnerships that will allow it to broaden the geographic scope of its research, strengthen and expand its policy analysis, and improve its communications and data management infrastructure.
More information, including an overview video about the Furman Center, is available here.
The Furman Center is one of only 15 organizations from six countries to be recognized today with the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. "From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness," said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. "They provide new ways to address old problems. They generate provocative ideas and they reframe well-worn debates. And their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size."
The MacArthur Foundation does not seek or accept nominations for its Creative and Effective Institutions awards. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur's core programs.
Aspen Institute Awards Fellowship on Family Poverty to WOCPN Executive Director
C. Nicole Mason, executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network, has been named a member of the inaugural class of The Aspen Institute Fellowship - in all, a distinguished group of 20 leaders from across the country who are pioneering two-generation approaches to move families beyond poverty.
The Aspen Institute announced its Ascend Fellows at an event Feb. 15 at its offices in Washington, D.C.
Under Dr. Mason's direction, the Women of Color Policy Network - part of NYU Wagner - has become a leading authority and voice on public policies that affect women of color, low-income families, and communities of color. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data used to inform public policy at every level of government. It also serves as a nexus for women of color scholars, leaders, and practitioners.
Dr. Mason has been a partner on several statewide and national initiatives to identify strategies to move low-income women and families toward economic security, including the Odyssey Project, a multi-year community college collaborative to improve educational outcomes for young women of color. Her commentary and writing have been featured in such outlets as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Essence magazine, CNN, and NPR.
The Ascend Fellowship was launched in 2011 with support from national foundations and women philanthropists and is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents and children - two generations - toward economic security together, with educational success central to its work. In addition to Dr. Mason, the list of Fellows includes leaders in higher education and across the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
Rudin Center 's Holiday Advisory: Avoid These Roads!
Planning to drive in the New York City area this holiday season? The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, in a new report, has identified the 10 worst bottlenecks to steer clear of when you get behind the wheel during peak travel hours.
"The holiday season is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year, and the weekend before Christmas is the busiest of the holiday season, bar none," said Professor Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center, housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
"Travelers should consider alternative routes-or better yet, use alternative routes if possible," he said. "Our list indicates the 10 roads in the New York City area definitely to avoid so that your trip doesn't end up taking two or even three times longer than expected."
Moss and his colleague Carson Qing at the Rudin Center compiled the 10 worst bottlenecks using data developed by the Texas Transportation Institute. The data identify the most congestion-prone corridors in the country and measure how much additional time should be allocated to travel along these corridors when they are congested.
Among the 10 worst New York City-area traffic "hot spots" during the holiday season, for example, are the evening rush hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) on the Whitestone Expressway northbound in Queens, and the morning rush hour (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) on the Hutchinson Parkway northbound in Westchester County.
"The two-lane northbound Hutchinson Parkway requires motorists to plan on a trip three times longer than normal to guarantee on-time arrival at the end of the route," Moss, an urban policy professor at NYU Wagner, said. "While the Whitestone from Flushing to the Bronx is twice as wide as the ‘Hutch,' it is just as prone to intense congestion during peak traffic hours, and motorists should plan for a trip that is three times as long as normal."
For the report, the Rudin Center estimated how much time should be allocated for travel along each of these 10 arteries in order to guarantee on-time arrival in expectation of holiday traffic congestion. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, nine of 10 Americans who travel during the holiday season do so by car, while long-distance travel over this period increases by 23%. During the weekend before Christmas, there are 93% more long-distance trips than the daily average. AAA Travel Services has projected that the coming 11-day holiday period will bring the highest traffic volume the country has seen in 10 years.
Among the routes the Rudin Center finds to be especially prone to traffic jams are three leading northbound out of New York City between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. These are the Henry Hudson Parkway, FDR Drive, and the Major Deegan Expressway.
The New York City-area traffic bottleneck where you can expect be stuck for the longest duration during the evening peak traffic hours (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is southbound I-95, which includes the notoriously slow Cross-Bronx Expressway and leads into the New Jersey-bound lanes of the George Washington Bridge. Evening commutes along I-95 can be expected to increase from 15 minutes (best-case scenario) to a patience-taxing 40 minutes during the holiday period.
Heading into Manhattan through the Holland Tunnel will be no treat, either. The Pulaski Skyway northbound, which feeds into the tunnel, is one of the least reliable stretches of highway in New Jersey, slowing a five-minute morning commute to at least 15 minutes, according to the report.