In a Fractured Metro Area, New York’s Regional Plan Association Finds Common Ground

Presently, RPA is hard at work on the fourth big regional plan of its history, expected to come out late this year. It’s no small effort, with USD 12 million from a range of funders (chiefly the Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, JPB, and Rockefeller Foundations). It’s not just talking to Manhattan power brokers. Rather, according to RPA Executive Vice President Juliette Michaelson, the group is engaged across the entire New York metropolitan area in outreach to a broad range of stakeholders — from local business and political figures to residents of poor and immigrant neighbourhoods, brought in by a series of local forums and dialogues.

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