In Western Queens, activists see a waterfront warehouse as an opportunity to broaden the horizons of a community's control over its own future.
With origins in a massive underground oil spill, the new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center is seeding future generations of neighborhood activists.
This Has Become My Town (NORCs of New York Revisited, Part Two)
In two conversations, five years apart, residents of a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community reflect on the ups and downs of aging in place in New York City.
This Has Become My Town (NORCs of New York Revisited, Part One)
A decade ago, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities seemed like a really good idea. How are they doing now?
Green and New
In the service of one of the most ambitious policy frameworks in living memory, design students conjure future visions of environmental recovery where social justice comes first.
Radicals and Real Estate
This is what democracy looks like: not only public squares, but office buildings. In the Lower East Side, the Peace Pentagon was the source point for four decades of resistance.
Growing in the Gaps
In post-bankruptcy Detroit, planner Maurice Cox and his interdisciplinary team are making vacancy an asset, revitalizing through preservation, and listening to residents who know the city the best.
As a generation of queer pioneers reaches old age, new models of housing and community space leverage design to meet their needs.
Community Land Trusts
These days, “CLT” is a watchword for affordable housing and anti-displacement activists nationwide, including the residents and organizers behind a South Bronx initiative that’s building steam.