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Rebuilding New York
A "Map" of the Civic Planning Initiatives
Based on a document originally prepared by
edited and updated by
Since September 11, dozens of organizations, representing a cross section of
NYC Rebuild, a joint venture of the New York City Partnership and the Real Estate Board of New York, representing major businesses and property owners, has completed an economic impact analysis of lower
New York New Visions, a coalition of 20 architecture, planning, and design organizations that came together immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the
Rebuild Downtown, Our Town (RDOT), an active and engaged alliance of downtown residents, small businesses and designers. Meets every two
weeks and includes representatives from the diverse communities that make up lower
The Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA), a coalition of more than 30 transportation,
environmental and business groups, that is preparing interim and long-range transportation strategies for Downtown and works closely with the Civic Alliance.
Imagine New York,
by the Municipal Art Society and assisted by ACP Visioning and Planning
Labor Community Advocacy Network, a group coordinated and convened by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Central Labor
Council and the
Rebuild for Whom? Spotlight on the Poor, a network initiated following a conference hosted by MFY Legal Services, Inc., that
brings together grassroots organizers, advocacy groups, community-based organizations, and service providers, especially from the
Office of Regional and Community Affairs (ORCA) of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
is co-sponsoring a series of meetings focused on Keeping our Neighborhoods
All of these groups are different key stakeholders that all have a role in developing the principles and in shaping plans for rebuilding Downtown and for dealing with the economic aftermath of the tragic events of
Providing an "Umbrella" for Planning Efforts: The Civic
To promote communication and collaboration among these diverse efforts, and to create a common forum for reaching consensus on rebuilding plans, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has convened the Civic
Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York. The Civic Alliance is a coalition of more than 120 business, community, environmental and transportation groups that has come together to create a common
vision for rebuilding the World Trade Center site and Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of September 11.
Virtually all of the civic-led planning efforts referred to above are active participants in the Civic Alliance, and are represented on the
RPA and a group of academic partners, including
Administration and LMRC. For dates of meetings and other information go to the web site for the Civic Alliance at http://www.civic-alliance.org.
The Civic Alliance has outlined five principal goals for its activities:
Creating an open process To create a democratic planning process open to all of the region's civic leaders.
Providing a forum for ideas and consensus building To provide an "umbrella" for
all of these civic planning initiatives, and to create a common voice for
"Raising sights" To ensure that rebuilding plans represent the very best practices in urban design, sustainable economic development, transportation, energy and telecommunications technology to transform Lower Manhattan into the world's first 21st century
urban center and to make the area and its commemorative spaces a true monument to those who died on September 11.
Providing a vehicle for on-going advocacy To shape public opinions and public policies, investments,
and short- and long-term actions needed to rebuild downtown over the months and years ahead.
Ensuring adherence to principles of Social, Economic and Environmental Justice To ensure that issues of equity and social, economic and environmental justice guide all of the direct and indirect efforts to develop lower Manhattan and that communities of color, new immigrant communities and
low- and moderate-income communities are all part of the rebuilding efforts and beneficiaries of these efforts.
Redevelopment of the
1 This group is an outgrowth of earlier meetings convened by the
They are a member of the Civic Alliance and are the cornerstone of the Civic Alliance's Social, Economic and Environmental Justice Committee (EEJC) Co-chaired by Peggy Shepherd (WEACT) and Ron Shiffman (PICCED). EEJC also has representatives from MFY,
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