21 Visions for 2021

  • The 2021 election is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to define a new plan for our city and give every New Yorker a voice in its future.
  • These 21 visions for the built environment were shaped by a multiracial, multigenerational group of 46 Urban Design Forum Fellows.
  • Let's fight to get each New Yorker a healthy home, a dignified workplace, a safe commute, and a beautiful neighborhood.

Complete Neighborhoods

How can the next mayor plan a fairer future for every neighborhood?

  • 1.

    Shape a proactive, long-term plan for every corner of the city.

  • 2.

    Marshal public investments to neighborhoods most in need.

  • 3.

    Hold communities and elected officials accountable to building critical infrastructure in every neighborhood.

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Design Excellence

How can the next mayor support excellent design of public infrastructure and buildings in every neighborhood?

  • 4.

    Ensure that every neighborhood has the right to an excellent and vibrant public realm.

  • 5.

    Embrace design expertise at every stage of planning to deliver excellent public projects.

  • 6.

    Empower minority- and women-owned businesses to build a greater share of our city.

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Community Engagement

How can the next mayor empower residents to have a more meaningful voice in the future of their neighborhoods?

  • 7.

    Bring everyone to the table by demanding greater participation from residents of every age, race, and income.

  • 8.

    Embrace new engagement tools to listen to far more New Yorkers.

  • 9.

    Invest in people who can assist residents in shaping neighborhood planning on an ongoing basis.

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Good Growth

How can the next mayor welcome new development that broadly benefits a neighborhood?

  • 10.

    Empower New Yorkers with tools to shape greater growth in partnership with private development.

  • 11.

    Promote alternative private investment models that provide positive social and environmental benefits.

  • 12.

    Advocate for tax equity to relieve Black and minority homeowners.

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Right to Housing

How can the next mayor ensure that every New Yorker has a permanent and healthy home?

  • 13.

    Center health outcomes and housing quality in a new housing plan.

  • 14.

    Embrace creative housing approaches to alleviate homelessness.

  • 15.

    Build racially and economically diverse neighborhoods while reducing displacement.

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Climate Strategy

How can the next mayor deploy urban design and community organizing to address climate risk in underinvested communities?

  • 16.

    Mobilize every city agency to lead on climate action.

  • 17.

    Fight environmental racism with a community-centered approach.

  • 18.

    Aggressively adapt the city’s urban systems to shape a cleaner future.

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Working Neighborhoods

How can the next mayor build an equitable economy following the pandemic?

  • 19.

    Reinvest in commercial corridors in communities of color to sustain local businesses and help residents thrive.

  • 20.

    Drive green economic growth in the communities hardest hit by climate change.

  • 21.

    Partner with leading anchor institutions to build community wealth.

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