Tim Tompkins
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Tim Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance since 2002. He is currently the Co-Chair of the NYC BID Association and a member of the International Downtown Association (IDA) Board. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks, which works to support New York City’s neighborhood parks and which won an Innovations in Government Award from the JFK School of Government at Harvard for its work to restore the Bronx River. He has also worked at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, The New York City Charter Revision Commission, and was briefly the Nationals Editor at the Mexico City News, an English language newspaper in Mexico. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale and an M.B.A. from Wharton, and currently teaches “Transforming the Urban Economy” and “The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization” at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. When not in the most urban and unnatural place on the planet, he enjoys spending time in New York’s more natural areas, ideally sailing or practicing yoga.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4619.001 The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization

This seven-week course addresses the role of arts institutions, artists and public art in revitalizing cities, with an emphasis on comparative domestic and international examples of distinctive interventions and the larger lessons that can be drawn from them. We examine how the economic, geographic and social context shapes both art and its role with respect to public policy goals. Students will refine their ability to analyze existing projects and programs and plan creative interventions as tools for revitalizing cities. In the process, we will also examine and broaden the definition of public art. The class is appropriate for those interested in both public policy, planning and administration as well as arts-based practice and theory.


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Fall 2012 URPL-GP.2452.001 Transformation of the Urban Economy: Case Studies

This course examines the tools, tactics, and theories associated with the economic revitalization of cities. Explicit theories and implicit assumptions about the economic life of cities will be illuminated through numerous real-world case studies, some of which will involve the instructor's hands-on experience with urban park revitalization and the transformation of Times Square. Through specific examples we will examine how ideas about urban economic development shift across time and place, to better identify deeper truths. While reviewing the standard tools in the economic development toolbox, we will also look at relevant ideas and practices in corporate branding and competitive strategy, managing public space, nurturing creative industries, and changing regulations. Across all categories and case studies, we will repeatedly ask: What are the things that make cities thrive and grow, and how does one nurture those things?


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Fall 2011 URPL-GP.2452.001 Transformation of the Urban Economy: Case Studies

This course examines the tools, tactics, and theories associated with the economic revitalization of cities. Explicit theories and implicit assumptions about the economic life of cities will be illuminated through numerous real-world case studies, some of which will involve the instructor's hands-on experience with urban park revitalization and the transformation of Times Square. Through specific examples we will examine how ideas about urban economic development shift across time and place, to better identify deeper truths. While reviewing the standard tools in the economic development toolbox, we will also look at relevant ideas and practices in corporate branding and competitive strategy, managing public space, nurturing creative industries, and changing regulations. Across all categories and case studies, we will repeatedly ask: What are the things that make cities thrive and grow, and how does one nurture those things?


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In the Press

01/01/2012
Keeping an Eye on Times Square
New York Times