The Conservancy held the second panel in a three-part series on “Planning, Preservation and Community Participation” at the Mechanics and Tradesmen’s Library. It was a lively discussion on How do we balance preservation and development? Do New Yorkers have enough say in planning and zoning? How can citizens help shape their community’s future?
Angel Ayon, AIA, LEED AP; Founder, Ayon Studio; Vice-President, Save Harlem Now
Majora Carter, Founder, Majora Carter Group, Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant & Real Estate Developer
George Janes, Founder, George M. Janes & Associates, Planning Consultant
Liz Krueger, New York State Senator, 28th District
Steve Levin, New York City Councilmember, 33rd District
The panelists agreed that the City does not pay enough attention to community plans or concerns when proposing zoning or development plans. They also called for strengthening community boards so they could hire experts to assist them. And they emphasized that residents need to be active and vote to ensure that public officials do pay attention to community character and needs. The conversation will continue with our third panel scheduled for June 15. The aim is to come away with practical suggestions for ways residents can have a greater say in how the City and their neighborhoods evolve.