On streets across the city cars are giving way to skateboards and sidewalk cafes. How can we further imagine a more livable and sustainable city for all?
How can we tackle the lack of affordable housing and uneven access to green space and other amenities? And how can we invest in communities without accelerating gentrification?

Buildings and neighborhoods and nations are insinuated into us by life;
we are not, as we like to think, independent of them.

- Dr. Mindy Fullilove




Prior to Covid-19, New York City faced a devastating housing crisis. With over a million New Yorkers now facing unemployment, facing severe housing cost burdens, and without sufficient local, state or federal support, many will struggle to pay rent as the first of the month approaches. For some New Yorkers, overcrowded shelters and short-term hotel accommodations will continue to be the reality for the City’s large, and growing, houseless population. 


As Professor Alex Schwartz asks, “What happens when, after emergency orders are lifted, all the back rent comes due?”


Remaking NYC considers the inequities of housing, the dire need for rental assistance, and what this pandemic has laid bare about the precariousness of housing in New York City. 


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