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Thursday, October 23


Decoding Development

The Accidental Skyline maps created by the Municipal Art Society and the Urban Reviewer maps created by 596 Acres, allow for information that is technically publicly available – but typically inaccessible or incomprehensible – to be presented in a clear, concise manner to the public. These technologies can be used to demystify the planning process making it more transparent and accessible to all New Yorkers. They allow us to better understand our neighborhoods and become more informed and engaged residents.  These Smart Talks will discuss the role of innovative technology in shaping and sharing city planning. 

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Sophie Koven

MAS Director and Founder, Gambit Consulting
Sophia Koven founded Gambit in 2010.  She has focused on real estate development and strategic planning for fifteen years, serving a broad range of clients, including municipalities, environmental advocacy groups, entrepreneurs, and both private and not-for-profit developers.  Ms... Read More →

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Mike Ernst

Project Manager, Policy and Planning, Municipal Art Society
Mike Ernst is a Project Manager in Policy & Planning at MAS. Mike’s work has focused on participatory planning, design and education. Before moving to New York, Mike worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a planning and design consultant on a wide variety of projects, and was the... Read More →
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Paula Z. Segal

Executive Director, 596 Acres
Paula Z. Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, New York City's only community land access advocates. 596 Acres has helped 26 groups become formal stewards of the commons through licenses and leases with municipal agencies and public authorities for use of formerly vacant public... Read More →

Thursday October 23, 2014 3:05pm - 3:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
Friday, October 24


Is New York Falling Apart?

Cities need well maintained and modern infrastructure to thrive and grow yet many are facing hard choices about how to pay for these necessary improvements. What are some new strategies to raise money necessary to keep these systems thriving? How has borrowing money crippled the budgets of our infrastructure agencies, and how will it affect future generations. What are new ideas to address this very real crisis?  

Fragile Success - Smart Talk by Thomas K. Wright

Capital vs. Labor: It’s not just for Karl Marx! - Smart Talk by Nicole Gelinas 

Smart Ways to Fund Transportation - Smart Talk by Veronica Vanterpool 

Paying for the City: New Forms of Finance - Smart Talk by Shalini Vajjhala 

The Community Growth Corporation: The Art and Science of Community Finance - Smart Talk by Jesse M. Keenan

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Nicole Gelinas

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a member... Read More →
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Jesse M. Keenan

Research Director, Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) at Columbia University
Jesse M. Keenan is the Research Director for the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University. Keenan is an internationally recognized practitioner and academic who has advised governments and businesses on matters of housing, real estate and technology. Keenan has... Read More →
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Shalini Vajjhala

Founder & CEO, re:focus partners
Shalini Vajjhala is Found & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm focused on developing innovative resilient infrastructure solutions for vulnerable communities. Prior to founding re:focus, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the... Read More →
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Veronica Vanterpool

Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
At TSTC, Veronica advances sustainable transportation policy—more transit investment, safer roadways for all users, fiscally responsible funding policies—throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ms. Vanterpool served on the Mass Transit Task Force for the Tappan Zee Bridge... Read More →
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Thomas K. Wright

Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright is Executive Director of Regional Plan Association. He has steered many of the organization's key initiatives, including the Draft vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York- New Jersey- Connecticut Metropolitan... Read More →

Friday October 24, 2014 3:45pm - 4:25pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036