Overview

The Thriving Communities Coalition includes grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy, and technical assistance groups who work across various issue areas and neighborhoods, and came together in response to the formation of the 2019 Charter Revision Commission. We believe this process presents an important chance to change the way land use, budgeting, and other decisions are made in order to provide more access for and accountability to average New Yorkers, and address the needs of low income communities and communities of color.

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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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.

 

Here is a summary of the Coalition’s Policy Proposals

 To learn more or join us in this work, please contact Emily Goldstein.

Coalition Members

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A

CASA – Community Action for Safe Apartments

Chhaya CDC

Churches United for Fair Housing

Cypress Hills LDC 

Good Old Lower East Side

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

Southside United HDFC - Los Sures

United Neighborhood Houses