Community Development & Institutions

How can anchor institutions support New York City in its post-pandemic economic recovery?

While the size of the New York City government is formidable, as we emerge from this crisis, the mayor must recognize that the enormity of the challenge cannot and should not be tackled by the city government alone. The mayor can use the powerful voice of the office to ask for help, activating all the institutions that make the City great, leading them into action in a shared strategy for an equitable recovery. The power of large civic and business institutions that are tethered to community can be leveraged in partnership to reinforce and fuel overall strategies, to address the challenges unique to each neighborhood, and drive the imperative to ensure a more equitable return.

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By Linda Gibbs

How can New York City reform its family regulation system to better serve families and communities of color?

A growing movement, led by families harmed by the "child welfare" system, is demanding that the City recognize and take responsibility for the harm the system has caused families and communities of color. This paper proposes a solution that ensures families' rights to an informed investigative process.

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By Justine Olderman and Wesley Caines

How can social infrastructure investments bolster New York City's recovery post pandemic?

Social infrastructure is the set of physical places and organizations that shape our interactions. When we invest in social infrastructure – when we design it well, when we build it well, when we maintain and program it – we create new opportunities for interaction, civic engagement, community-building, and mutual support. We do the opposite when we fail to invest in social infrastructure, reducing opportunities to connect and making it far more likely that city residents will hunker down, physically distanced and home alone. This paper identifies the role of social infrastructure in the City's recovery.

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By Eric Klinenberg

What role does public safety play in achieving economic vibrancy in New York City?

New York City’s next mayor has an opportunity to jumpstart our civic life, increase racial and economic equality and create a durable peace. These are not separate enterprises but interlocking pieces of a single goal: to create a thriving city, attending to the well-being of every New Yorker. But as a nation and a city, we have largely treated safety as the province of the police and the criminal justice system alone, instead of one thread in a strong and self-reinforcing social fabric.

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By Elizabeth Glazer