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Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City

March 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Affordable Housing in New York: 
The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City
Book Talk with Nicholas Dagen Bloom & Matthew Gordon Lasner
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 to 8:00 PM
 Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street
$10 for LW! members & students, $20 for non-members
RSVP required (space is limited!)
landmarkwest@landmarkwest.org or call (212) 496-8110
Reservations available online via Eventbrite
Please join us for a book signing after the talk!
Affordable Housing in New York, edited by Nicholas Dagen Bloom* and Matthew Gordon Lasner,** examines the City’s many efforts to create a livable environment beginning in the 1920s up to the recent initiatives of Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Don’t miss this chance to meet the authors and learn more about the history of affordable housing in New York City!
In this book, scholars tell the history of New York housing projects and describes the many reforms that occurred during the twentieth century.  The book states the efforts of key figures such as Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and Ed Koch in shaping the outcome of the City. This text is a reminder of the many efforts that were made by individuals and housing reformers to make New York City a more desirable place to live.
*Nicholas Dagen Bloom is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Urban Administration at New York Institute of Technology. He is an author, editor, or co-author of eight books including Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy (2015) and Public Housing That Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century (2009). He is a co-editor of the Journal of Planning History and contributes to the Gotham Gazette as an editorial writer. Bloom has been interviewed on WNYC and has been quoted in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, andNPR Marketplace.
**Matthew Gordon Lasner is associate professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter College. His research explores the production of metropolitan U.S. space, with focus on the relationship between the design professions, social change, the market, and the state. He is author of the award-winning High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century (Yale, 2012) and co-editor of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City (Princeton, 2016). His writing has also appeared in many scholarly journals, encyclopedias, catalogs, and edited collections, including Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York (2007) and Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (2015).
Praise for Affordable Housing in New York
“Affordable Housing in New York is an engaging account of more than a century of efforts to provide New Yorkers with below-market housing. The contributors are excellent and the extensive illustrations enhance the rich text.”
~ Lawrence Vale, author of Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities 
Affordable Housing in New York is a treasure trove of profiles and photographs of the buildings, programs, and people that have long distinguished New York City as the nation’s preeminent leader in providing housing for low- and moderate-income people. Whether one is an expert on housing or new to the field, this book will be an essential reference.”
~ Alex Schwartz, author of Housing Policy in the United States 
“With New York City’s population and employment at an all-time high, the challenge of maintaining an adequate supply of affordable housing has never been greater. Covering over a century of government involvement in the production of housing, this impressive survey provides a valuable guide to understanding the range of approaches to planning and community development.”
~ Mark A. Willis, executive director of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

“Affordable Housing in New York” was sponsored by Van Alen Institute and awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Independent Projects grant, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


March 15, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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35 W 67th St.
New York, NY 10023 United States
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