Livable Neighborhoods Program Training for Community Advocates
New York — April 26, 2010 — The Municipal Art Society of New York announced today its 2010 Livable Neighborhoods Program training for community advocates, which will take place at Hunter College on Saturday May 8th, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The annual program provides New Yorkers with the knowledge, tools and guidance needed to strengthen decision-making within neighborhoods, and transform local visioning into effective planning.
Topics covered during the training will include economic development, community organizing, historic preservation, sustainability, zoning, affordable housing, and more.
MAS President Vin Cipolla says attendees at the full-day session will learn concrete steps to make positive transformations in their neighborhoods. “New Yorkers will leave these sessions with not only the motivation to make a positive difference in the livability of their communities,” Cipolla says, “but also with practical information on how to do it.” He says participants receive access to a community planning toolkit, as well as access to a web-based network for ongoing support and discussion, and additional resources.
Event speakers and discussion facilitators come from community-based and advocacy organizations, as well as government and academic institutions. They include: Anthony Borelli from the office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; Wendy Fleischer of the Pratt Center for Community Development, Yolanda Gonzalez from Nos Quedamos/We Stay; Betty Mackintosh, New York Department of City Planning; and Mary Beth Betts from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.