The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Urban Design Forum join forces to present Power After the Pandemic: Rebuilding our Post-Covid Cities. Over the coming months, we will convene civic leaders across the nation to reimagine a path toward a just recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The growing movement for Black Lives and the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the deep structural inequalities among our cities. As New York City begins to reopen, US cities still struggle to manage the virus, while government leaders fail to provide lasting relief to the hardest hit. The uneven distribution of healthy housing, good jobs, and access to healthcare have driven mortality, amplified risk of displacement, and magnified economic precarity in low-income, BIPOC communities.

As we plan for lasting consequences in the coming years, New York City leaders and community development practitioners must acknowledge longstanding racist housing and economic development systems in order to radically redefine post-pandemic recovery efforts.  This historic moment of social unrest calls for transformational ideas that collapse systems of oppression to build a new path moving forward.


This series will gather leaders in community development, urban planning, public policy, and municipal finance to discuss alternative recovery plans through the lens of community power: How can we build a more just city for New Yorkers hardest hit by the public health and economic crisis?

Power After the Pandemic will explore a range of key issues on both the national and municipal scale that include community finance, housing policy, and equitable economic development.

We have concluded the first half of our programming. In case you missed it, watch our past events in full via the boxes below. We are excited for the next series of dialogues to begin again in 2021 with topics ranging from climate change to equitable economic development to community resiliency and more. If you were one of the 500+ people who joined us, let us know if you have any ideas for our next set of dialogues in the new year. Stay tuned for announcements in the new year!


Power After the Pandemic is made possible through the support of Citi, the supporters of the ANHD 10th Annual Community Development Conference, and the Urban Design Forum Director’s Circle.

If you are interested to learn more about supporting this program, please contact Lauren Nye.