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City Government

Living Legend

To reimagine the Cross Bronx Expressway, and redress damage it has wrought for generations, we have to see the corridor clearly as it is today.

A Bigger Picture

Piecing together land use laws from coast to coast, the National Zoning Atlas illustrates the need for reform.

What's Growing?

Urban agriculture today extends from small community gardens to commercial hydroponics. New York City seeks to cultivate its many benefits.

Where Can the Public Bathrooms Go in New York City?

Creating 3,000 more places to go can be transformative for people's dignity and the quality of the public realm. But actually implementing a citywide restroom network requires solutions that address each neighborhood's specific needs.

A New Harvest

Herbs and berries are free for the picking along the Bronx River Foodway. But the public place for foraging is also a pathway to stronger connections with local ecologies and community self-determination.

21st Century Monument

Where a controversial sculpture stood, a monument to Harriet Tubman offers a new narrative and new directions for creating sites of collective memory.

Turning the Tide

Where can queer and trans community flourish, if not at Riis Beach? Yet current plans for its future don't account for the people it has sustained for decades.

Utopia is a Vacant Lot in Rockaway

On the voids storms and plans leave behind, and what we do with them.

Getting to Yes

Facing both urgent land use challenges and growing skepticism of public processes, a new unit for community planning is finding creative ways to engage people in shaping their neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

Something Better Than Nothing

A half-century of experiments in private sector solutions to urban problems has brought mixed results and exacerbated inequality. How did we get here?