RPA Assembly
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How to Create the Region We Need


Tolling for Transit

The regional transportation network is in crisis and new revenue is desperately needed to pay for projects that enhance service and reliability. This panel will discuss how pricing roadways can be used to boost revenue for transit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve health, and manage traffic. The panel will discuss the latest technology in dynamic tolling and how it could benefit public health and the environment, help cities and states meet equity goals, and maximize benefits for the public good.

Fixing Public Housing

The largest source of truly affordable housing in New York City is public housing, which provides homes for over 400,000 people. Losing it would result in devastating impacts not just for residents, but for New York City and the entire metropolitan region: huge municipal expenses, vanishing workforce housing, and a sharp rise in people experiencing homelessness. It’s clear we need to make major changes in order to bring our public housing back to a state of good repair. What needs to be done by the city, state, and federal governments? What reforms does NYCHA need to institute? What role can the greater affordable housing sector play? What have we not been considering which could enable the speedy restoration of our public housing?

Creating Jobs, Preserving Communities

Legacy cities across the region are home to strong, long-established civic life. As the region’s economy expands beyond its traditional core, these communities are seeing more pressure to accommodate growth and opportunities to develop jobs and housing. This panel will discuss the issues that can arise concurrent with initiatives to promote local economic development. The panel will highlight strategies for communities that accommodate growth needs in ways that respect and support community values.

Climate Justice for All

The impacts of climate change – extreme heat and flooding from storms and sea level rise – disproportionately affect low-income and vulnerable communities, resulting in diminished health outcomes, fewer economic opportunities, and a lower quality-of-life. As the region charts a path forward on climate action, we must do so in a way that does not leave anyone behind and is part of the solution to other shared regional challenges. This panel will provide insight into how climate change is connected to other issues – including health, the economy, and quality of life – and disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, and what steps can be taken to facilitate a just transition towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. 

Building Healthy Communities

Today there are significant disparities in health amongst communities in our region. Too many health challenges in the tri-state area are concentrated in low income communities of color. This is not a coincidence, but rather the result of a history of planning and public policy decisions that institutionalized racism and other biases, disproportionally impacting these communities. The Fourth Regional Plan provides a roadmap to address health inequities rooted in the built environment and create a healthier future for all. This panel will explore the ways organizations in our region are working collaboratively, across sectors in partnership with local communities to advance this goal, improving health and well-being and feeding a virtuous cycle of equitable opportunity.