Lucy Block is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Lucy Block is a Senior Research and Data Associate at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). She is responsible for data analysis, research, and policy to support tenant organizers and end residential displacement in New York City’s communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. She manages ANHD's Displacement Alert Project and is a coordinating member of the New York City Housing Data Coalition. She specializes in translating complex data into accessible tools, analysis, and visualizations to advance social justice. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from CUNY–Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College. Lucy grew up in Stuyvesant Town and lives in Elmhurst, Queens.
This course will train students to obtain, clean, manipulate, analyze, map, and visualize spatial and non-spatial data to support their work throughout their urban planning careers. The course emphasizes the critical role of design and communication in effective data storytelling. Students will practice the open-source tools R and QGIS in depth. The course will help students build a strong foundation in working with data that will allow them to learn and master additional programs, languages, and tools toward future goals. This course may require a significant amount of time outside of class periods to work on assignments and the final project, depending on the student’s technical skill level. A personal laptop is required.