The Thriving Communities Coalition includes grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy and technical assistance groups who work across various issue areas and neighborhoods. We believe that the status quo approach to planning and land use in New York City does not work for most New Yorkers, and that without meaningful changes, the processes we have now will only continue to exacerbate inequality, segregation, and displacement. We are working together to win meaningful reforms to create a City where everyone has a chance to thrive.

The Project

The Thriving Communities Coalition is dedicated to developing, organizing, and advocating for policies that will advance the following principles:

Fair distribution of resources and development
We call for an equitable allocation of burdens and benefits related to investment, infrastructure, new growth, and economic development that meets both citywide and neighborhood needs, and corrects for historic disinvestment, marginalization, and displacement pressure to eliminate disparities across race, geography, and income.

Enforceable commitments – No more empty promises
We call for the enforcement of commitments made to mitigate impacts from development and investment.

Integration without displacement
We call for the right to stay in and access neighborhoods with quality housing, good-paying jobs, and cultural and social connections.

Transparency and accountability
We call for transparent planning shaped by early and ongoing community engagement.

Real community power and ownership
We call for self-determination in the planning process, community-led development, and solutions that are responsive to our identified needs and opportunities.


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Our Principles

  • Fair distribution of resources and development
  • Enforceable commitments
  • Integration without displacement
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Real community power and ownership

Our Policy Demands

  • Capital Investment & Budget Equity
  • CEQR Reform
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Equitable Access to Community Planning
  • Inclusive, Equitable Climate Resiliency Planning
  • Shift Power to NYCHA Residents in Planning & Land Use Decisions Impacting Them

Coalition Members

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

CASA – Community Action for Safe Apartments

Chhaya CDC

Churches United for Fair Housing

Cypress Hills LDC 

East Side House

Good Old Lower East Side

Inwood Legal Action

Los Sures Lucha

Municipal Art Society of New York 

New Economy Project

New York Appleseed

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

Pratt Center for Community Development

Regional Plan Association

Riders Alliance

Southside United HDFC - Los Sures

United Neighborhood Houses

Statement from the Thriving Communities Coalition on the Restarting of ULURP August 12, 2020

Don’t Reinforce Systemic Racism as ULURP Restarts

The Thriving Communities Coalition calls on the City to implement an anti-racist approach to expanding access to the ULURP process as it restarts. At a time when the public health, economic, and social crises we face are compounding the negative impacts to low-income communities of color, we need our leaders and decision-makers to commit to doing everything they can to ensure an anti-racist and equitable process for collaborating with the people of New York.

We understand the need to start moving projects forward that advance recovery and address the needs of our hardest hit communities. However, the City needs to address the very serious gaps in access our communities face and ensure that marginalized communities are able to meaningfully and consistently participate in the City’s public processes. Virtual engagement creates a tremendous opportunity to expand the capabilities of city agencies and community boards to reach more people, especially communities of color and low-income communities, where barriers to participation are common. However, simply looking at the raw numbers of people viewing hearings or testifying online does not equal success.

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Thriving Communities Coalition Statement on NYC Council’s Land Use Hearings April 22, 2020

The Thriving Communities Coalition is disappointed to see the New York City Council moving forward with hearings that include a list of private land use actions, at a committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday April 22nd. On March 16th, an order from Mayor de Blasio suspended the ULURP process in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This was an important measure to prevent land use changes from proceeding without even the minimal opportunities for public engagement and input the process generally includes. The scheduled hearing seems to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the suspension of ULURP actions, and sets a dangerous precedent for potential future zoning actions during this crisis. 

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Statement on 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission Decision

The Thriving Communities Coalition – a group of community-based and policy-oriented nonprofits focused on equitable land use and planning processes – is extremely disappointed that the Charter Revision Commission has chosen to advance a slate of ballot proposals that will maintain the status quo when it comes to land use planning. New York City is one of the most segregated and unequal cities in the nation, and tackling the root of these issues by reforming the land use process that contributes to them was a leading reason why the City Council, the Public Advocate, and the Manhattan Borough President took the unprecedented step to form a non-mayoral Charter Revision Commission last year.

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Over the past year, the members of the Thriving Communities Coalition, along with numerous allies, shared our perspectives on the urgent need for REAL reform to empower disenfranchised communities and fight deeply entrenched racial and socio-economic inequality. As a Coalition, we fought for a planning process that accounts for historical divestments from communities of color and a budget that equitably distributes resources. We will continue to push for a values-driven approach to land use because – from the racism that is woven into our City map to climate change that is threatening the resilience of our communities – it’s clear that we have no choice but to keep up the fight.

While the status quo might work for developers and the powerful few, it does not work for most New Yorkers, and without meaningful changes, the processes we have now will only exacerbate inequality, segregation, and displacement. We are committed to continuing the fight for meaningful land use reform, in order to create a city where everyone has a chance to grow and thrive.

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