Impact of Bronx & PB Reports

Over 700 Attend Report Release on Future Bronx Development

Hundreds turned out on Wednesday October 21 for a town hall meeting and the release of a new report by the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision, with support from CDP and other partners: Hester Street Collaborative, Pratt Institute, ANHD, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

The report includes a set of policy proposals focusing on four principles for the development of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx: Real Affordable Housing, Good Jobs and Local Hire, Strong Anti-Harassment and Anti-Displacement Policies, and Real Community Participation. It is the result of 5 visioning sessions, 500 community surveys and conversations with over 1,500 residents.

Over 700 people attended the event, including community members; Council Member Vanessa Gibson; representatives from various unions, the Mayor’s Office, the departments of City Planning, Small Business Services, Housing Preservation & Development and Parks & Recreation; the Office of the Public Advocate and the Office of Assembly Member Victor Pichardo. The large turnout indicates how critical this issue is to community members in the Bronx.

The Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision - a strong coalition of union members, tenants, residents, autoworkers and faith leaders - has been working to make sure that the rezoning of Jerome Ave benefits the community.

Read coverage of the report in the Wall Street Journal, Bronx 12 News, City Limits, and the Real Deal.

New Participatory Budgeting Report: Year 4 Largest NYC Process

On October 20, CDP released “A People’s Budget: A Research and Evaluation Report on Participatory Budgeting in New York City. Cycle 4: Key Research Findings.” The online webinar release drew an international audience — from Scotland to Hawaii — and presented key findings derived from thousands of surveys completed by participants in New York City’s fourth and largest Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle.

The fourth cycle of PB (2014-15) saw more than 50,000 New Yorkers turn out to vote to determine the allocation of more than $30 million of City Council funds. This cycle was also the first one supported by the City Council Speaker’s Office, which provided resources and coordinating support.

The release culminated in a panel discussion with Aaron Jones (Community Voices Heard), Celina Su (City University of New York) and Ivan Luevanos (Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Community Engagement Division), who discussed issues ranging from the role of city agencies in the PB process to the importance of targeted outreach and engagement strategies to ensure diverse and substantive participation in PB.

The report is available for download on our website.

Read coverage by the Gotham Gazette.