Boston - New York City Learning Tour

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From Boston to New York: Is a More Just City Possible?

Two Cities

Two Historic Transitions

Two Days

Funder Learning Tour, April 2-3, 2014

Join the Neighborhood Funders Group for a two day, northeast learning tour in Boston and New York City. With historic public sector leadership transitions occurring in both cities, the learning tour will engage elected officials, policymakers, activists and funders in both cities in a conversation about strategies for advancing a more equitable urban agenda. Sponsored by NFG’s Housing Justice and Place Based Working Groups, the tour will ask:

  • How are low income and historically disadvantaged communities’ voices and needs shaping policy priorities during the transitions in both Cities?
  • What strategies are community-based groups organizing around to advance more inclusive land use, housing and economic development policies?
  • How can we foster more effective philanthropic/public and private sector partnerships to accelerate inclusive place based change strategies?
  • What are examples of place-based approaches that both build resident leadership, capacity and, indeed, ownership, while also leading to improvements to neighborhood assets?

Day 1: Boston, MA     8am – 4pm

Click here to access readings for day one.

Holding Ground trailer - the Dudley Street Street Neighborhood Initiative story.

We'll spend the first half of the day with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, learning about resident-led strategies for neighborhood stabilization through housing, education, and community partnerships and with City Life/ Vida Urbana, which leads a number of effective campaigns for foreclosure defense, just cause tenant eviction protections and other policies benefiting communities hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis.  Among recent indications of progress, DSNI’s former executive director has been designated the City of Boston’s Chief of Economic Development by the Walsh Administration shortly after its taking office.  We'll spend the second half of the day with Chinese Progressive Association and Right to the City Boston – leaders in the fight against gentrification and in resident mobilization in the mayoral race. All of these organizations are now working to ensure that the new Boston mayor is accountable to residents for equitable redevelopment.

We'll ride Amtrak that afternoon from Boston to New York. Please see below for information about the train we'll take as a group.

Day 2: New York, NY  8am – 5pm

Click here to access readings to prepare for day two.

We'll spend the first half of the day in East Harlem, with Picture the Homeless and Community Board 11, learning about a new community land trust in development. We'll spend the second half of the day in the Northwest Bronx, with Community Voices Heard, Faith in New York, Picture the Homeless, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Make the Road New York, among many others, learning about the recent resident win for redevelopment of the Bronx Amory, and other NYC community benefit agreements that community organizations are leveraging to lead a better plan for the city. What we learn will serve as a launching pad for conversations with local residents and organizers about ensuring that low income communities benefit from and shape development priorities in their communities and across the city. We hope you can join us for an informal cocktail hour after the tour.

Hotel information for those of you coming from out of town for either leg of the tour

We will spend the night of April 1st in Boston, at the Boston Park Plaza. The period for reserving a room at our group rate has passed, but we will do our best to include all registered participants in the room block.

We will spend the night of April 2nd in New York, at the St. Giles Court Hotel. Participants can contact the St. Giles Court Hotel Accommodations Team at 212-685-1100, or can email their reservation requests to reservefax@stgilesnewyork.com. The period for reserving a room at our group rate has passed, but we will do our best to include all registered participants in the room block.

Travel between Boston and New York on April 2nd: We will travel as a group on Amtrak, but ask that you make your own reservations. We will be taking the 2173 Acela Express train departing Boston South Station at 4:15pm, arriving in New York at 7:45pm; as of March 10th, the online rate is $109 per person.

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This learning tour jointly organized by two NFG working groups:

The NFG Working Group on Housing Justice and Community Transformation is a national network of local, regional, and national funders that convenes and organizers funders, advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and though leaders in support of more inclusive and equitable communities of opportunity.

The NFG Working Group on Place-Based Community Change is dedicated to finding achievable solutions to building robust communities of opportunity. To be successful, NFG is challenged to uncover creative and effective ways to connect philanthropic organizations with practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and government personnel engaged and committed to the practice of comprehensive community change.

Questions? Write to us at nfg@nfg.org.

Registration is full and is now closed. We have reached our maximum capacity for tour participants. If you would like to fill out the registration form below, we would be happy to add your name to our wait list.

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