While the RPA is not a governing body, its board is made up of influential business leaders, real estate developers and academics. The recommendations in the plan could hold sway with municipalities in the region.
The plan is just the fourth released by the group in its nearly 100-year history. It covers a wide range of issues, including transit, climate change, affordability and how to fix failing institutions.
“The region may look great from Fifth Avenue, but in many neighborhoods across the five boroughs and in places like Paterson (New Jersey), Bridgeport (Connecticut) and Hempstead, it doesn’t feel that way,” RPA President Tom Wright said in a press release accompanying the report. “Commutes are longer than ever, housing more expensive and climate change is exposing real long-term vulnerabilities.”
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