Lower East Side
What Do You Avoid? Where Do You Belong?
Theater-makers, natives, and newcomers draw mental maps of how they navigate comfort and discomfort in a rapidly changing city.
The Value of Land: How Community Land Trusts Maintain Housing Affordability
Oksana Mironova charts an alternative strategy to land ownership and property management that helps communities solve a broad range of problems — including widening inequality and decreasing community control over housing costs — that affect residents across the country.
Smith Houses: A Legacy of Activism
Sarika Bansal investigates how local traditions of advocacy, a history of community tensions, and the chronic underfunding of public housing inform residents' opposition to a controversial new development proposal at Smith Houses.
Paths to Pier 42
Hester Street Collaborative's Anne Frederick and Dylan House discuss a temporary pop-up public space on the Lower East Side that creates an asset for the neighborhood while informing and building momentum for the design of a future permanent park.
Making Connections: Planning for Green Infrastructure in Two Bridges
Kerri Culhane explains how geographical, historical and architectural factors make the Two Bridges neighborhood uniquely suited to realize the environmental, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure.
Mall-terations on Allen Street
On Allen Street, "mall-terations” attest to the way an art intervention can foster a sense of transformative possibility and community involvement in the design and programming of public space.
Recap | Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles on the Lower East Side
Amplify is an exhibition that documents how the Lower East Side is undergoing a process of evolution and reinvention – especially its community gardens.
A Walk Up Avenue D
Sociologist Dalton Conley takes us on a walk through the public housing complexes where he grew up, reflecting on the economics of housing policy and the limits of design.