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Gotham Gazette: Desperately Needed Infrastructure Improvements Must Be Given Dedicated Funding

Publications - July 2014

Gotham Gazette: Desperately Needed Infrastructure Improvements Must Be Given Dedicated Funding

In this op-ed in Gotham Gazette, the Center’s Adam Forman argues that while dedicating part of the recent $4 billion settlement between New York State and BNP Paribas for infrastructure projects makes a world of sense, it will not be sufficient to tackling the city’s massive infrastructure needs. He urges to identify new dedicated revenue streams and ensure that existing revenue streams are no longer raided for other purposes.

A Call for Better Transit Outside of Manhattan

Publications - July 2014

A Call for Better Transit Outside of Manhattan

At a July 2014 hearing before the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission, the Center’s David Giles highlighted New York City’s rapidly changing economic geography and called on the MTA to make addressing non-Manhattan commuting a top priority.

CUF Report Prompts Increased Investment in Underground Infrastructure

Impact - June 2014

CUF Report Prompts Increased Investment in Underground Infrastructure

Our March 2014 Caution Ahead report brought significant attention to New York City’s aging underground infrastructure, detailing numerous vulnerabilities across city’s the water, sewer and gas pipes. In response to the report’s findings, utility companies and city agencies have begun accelerating their underground infrastructure investments.

Testimony: Aging Infrastructure - New York City’s Gas, Steam and Water Infrastructure

Publications - June 2014

Testimony: Aging Infrastructure - New York City’s Gas, Steam and Water Infrastructure

In this testimony before a joint Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Consumer Affairs City Council hearing, the Center’s Adam Forman highlights numerous vulnerabilities in the City's gas, water and sewage infrastructure. He recommends that the city prioritize the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and better coordinate its capital planning process across agencies.

Mayor’s plan to upgrade Brooklyn Army Terminal echoes CUF recommendations

Impact - May 2014

Mayor’s plan to upgrade Brooklyn Army Terminal echoes CUF recommendations

Mayor de Blasio's plans to redevelop unused space at the city-owned Brooklyn Army Terminal echoes a recommendation made in the Center's "The Final Frontier for Manufacturers" report.

Video: Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Event - May 2014

Video: Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

At a time when so many of the new jobs being created in today's economy offer low wages and limited opportunity for economic mobility, the Center for an Urban Future's May 16, 2014 symposium explored entrepreneurship as one route for low-income New Yorkers to achieve economic self-sufficiency and potential strategies for city and state government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations to expand the number of low-income entrepreneurs in the five boroughs.

Video: State of New York's Infrastructure

Event - May 2014

Video: State of New York's Infrastructure

Building on the findings and recommendations of Caution Ahead‒ our report on New York City's aging infrastructure‒ Center for an Urban Future and City & State held a half-day conference on May 15, 2014 to discuss three infrastructure areas vital to our city's future: transportation, buildings and utilities.

New York's Design Economy

Data - May 2014

New York's Design Economy

As New York City opens its second annual design week, this data analysis documents the continued economic importance of New York City’s design sector. It shows that New York has 65 percent more designers than any other metro area in the U.S., and that employment at city design firms increased by nearly 10 percent since the 2008 recession.

The Start of a NYC Manufacturing Revival?

Data - March 2014

The Start of a NYC Manufacturing Revival?

This data analysis shows that New York City's manufacturing sector is finally showing signs of strength. The city lost at least 5,000 manufacturing jobs every year from 1997 to 2010, but over the past three years employment in the sector has held steady, with job totals in 2013 the same as in 2010.

New York Daily News: Rebuild NYC, create good jobs

Publications - March 2014

New York Daily News: Rebuild NYC, create good jobs

In this New York Daily News op-ed, the Center's Jonathan Bowles and Adam Forman write that to succeed in tackling income inequality, one promising option for Mayor de Blasio is a public works program to modernize New York City’s aging infrastructure.

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