The Master Plan: Election Edition


Welcome to the Master Plan. This week UPSA will be watching the election results with our neighboring planning schools at Pour George, right near NYU. (Unfortunately, Catsimatidis will not be bankrolling the fun.) And, on Friday come to Puck to hear about the long-term impact of the World Cup and the Olympics on Rio.

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This Week

Lecture with Richard Froehlich (HPD)

Please join the Real Estate and Urban Policy Forum, the Stern Real Estate Club, and the JD/MBA Association as we host Richard Froehlich. Mr. Froehlich is the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the New York City Housing Development Corporation and all of its subsidiaries. HDC is a New York public benefit corporation dedicated to financing affordable housing in New York City.  Mr. Froehlich directs the Corporation’s legal department as well as its bond and finance activities. Rich has been the main coordinator of HDC’s award-winning preservation efforts that have led to the continued affordability of approximately 60,000 units of low and middle income housing in New York City.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 12:15-1:50pm
Where: Furman Hall, Classroom 334

APA Election Night View Party

APA Young Planners (that’s you!) are hosting a view party Tuesday night as the mayoral results come in! Come meet other planners from the area schools and other young professionals.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 7-10pm
Where: Pour George, 35 W 8th St

Residential Displacement & Transportation Issues in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UPSA, ALAS, IPSA, Rudin Center & the Furman Center
A panel discussion about the long-term impact the World Cup and Olympic Games will have on housing, sustainable infrastructure, and human rights in Rio de Janeiro.

When: Friday, Nov. 8th, 6pm
Where: Rudin, Puck Building


Moving New York City Forward in 2014 and Beyond

Toward a 21st Century City for All
In January 2014, New York will have its first new Mayor in a dozen years, who will have an opportunity to address NYC’s growing inequality while making sure the city is governed effectively and inclusively. We invite all those who are concerned with issues of urban inequality and how policy might move us toward less of it.

When: Monday, Nov. 11th, 9-5pm
Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Avenue at 34th St., Proshansky Auditorium
RSVP here.

Brown Bag: The Rules of the Game: Landlords and the Geographic Sorting of Voucher Holders

Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy
This paper considers an unexamined mechanism in the process of spatial sorting: that of the landlord. Scholars of poverty and residential mobility have long been interested in how the choices of low-income families interact with structural barriers to create high-poverty neighborhoods that reproduce social and economic isolation as well as racial segregation. However, they have not examined the ways in which these choices are shaped by the landlords and property owners who operate in these neighborhoods, and therefore they have not been able to fully understand geographic concentration processes.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 12:30-2pm
Where: Furman Hall, Rm. 120, 245 Sullivan Street
Please RSVP here.

Careers in Economic Development Panel

Hear from industry insiders working at Myrtle Avenue BID, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and NYC Center for Economic Opportunity! Join us to learn tips on how to find jobs in your field; identify skills you need to be competitive in your respective industry; and network with alumni

When: Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 6pm
Where: Mulberry Conference Room, Puck
To RSVP: Log-in to the Career Directory and select the Event’s Tab. Click on Workshops.

Learning from America’s Mistakes: Moscow and Abu Dhabi Defining the Great 21st Century Metropolis

University Transportation Research Center
Moscow and Abu Dhabi are two rapidly growing and gentrifying global capitals, striving to take their place on the world stage. Like many developing cities, they’ve experimented with crass, Las Vegas-style development schemes, seeking the urban vision they’ve seen on American TV shows. Increasingly, they’ve been horrified by the result. Abu Dhabi, with a tenth of the world’s petroleum reserves, has learned from the mistakes of its better-known neighbor, Dubai, as well as those of American cities. It is now using its wealth to impose more sophisticated design, transport and sustainability requirements than most any US city. Now Moscow is starting to catch up, with new efforts to repair the urban realm of the historic city, and plan more walkable, livable communities at its burgeoning edges. Come hear what Moscow and Abu Dhabi have learned from our mistakes, and what New York might learn from their recent successes.

When: Friday, Nov. 15th, 10-12pm
Where: SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St. btw Park & Lex
RSVP here.

UPSA Inaugural Skills Workshop: Project Management with David Parish (DCP)

You’ve told us you want more skills workshops, and we listened. Join us for our inaugural skills workshop with David Parish of NYC’s Department of City Planning. David will present to us on the essential skills needed for Project Management. This is an important and perhaps underutilized skill that would greatly benefit all of us as we prepare to move forward in our careers. Join us for the workshop on Saturday, November 16th.

UPSA Volunteer Day with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy

Join UPSA to help build a Compost Windrow with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community, learn about local conservation efforts, and learn more about Gowanus. After volunteering, we’ll all go eat some pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

When: Sunday, Nov. 17th, 11-3pm
Where: Salt Lot, 2 Second Ave., btw 5th St. and the Canal, Brooklyn
RSVP by emailing Abbie at

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