Since the Tenement House Laws of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, New York City has been a national laboratory for innovative and affordable housing policies. But numerous challenges remain in a city with an expanding population. Low-rent housing is evaporating, homelessness is skyrocketing, the building stock is increasingly aged, and the city’s economic and demographic landscape faces ongoing shifts. Join a panel of leaders in New York City urban planning — including housing advocates, community leaders and city officials — to discuss these changes in our urban fabric and the potential solutions to ensuring the city remains a leader in affordable housing. This program accompanies our exhibitions, Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy and Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half.
Seema Agnani, Director of Policy and Civic Engagement at National CAPACD
Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Department City Planning
Ritchie Torres, Council Member, 15th District
Sarah Watson, Executive Director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
Ingrid Gould Ellen (moderator), NYU Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning & Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy