Little Italy’s Elizabeth Street Garden is a community sculpture garden with over 100,000 visitors a year and year-round free public programs. Currently, the City and NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) plan to destroy the garden to develop affordable housing, office space, and luxury retail, despite a proposed alternative site for the planned development. These propositions have set up a false choice between the community’s needs for public green space and affordable housing, and reflect crucial issues with City planning and the livability of New York.
Join community garden representatives, activists, and scholars, as they explore access to public green space and the availability of affordable housing in a constantly changing city through the lens of Elizabeth Street Garden.
The panel will be moderated by Kai Wright, a WNYC reporter and host of the podcast “There Goes The Neighborhood.” Introductory remarks will be provided from Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School, and Joseph Reiver, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Street Garden.
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