Am I Rent Stabilized? is a project created by cartographer Chris Hendricks that urges tenants to learn more about their rent histories and rights. His civic engagement through tech and data has given renters a valuable resource in the current housing market. Continue reading
Claudia Prat discusses Studio 20’s interactive documentary, New York Tenants Project, on tenant rights, landlord harassment, and community organizing… Continue reading
The issues of tenants’ rights and affordable housing in New York City have become more visible in the past few years as rents have skyrocketed and long-term renters have been displaced. Chris Hendrick, an MFA candidate at Parsons, The New School for Design, and Claudia Prat, an M.A. candidate at the Studio 20 Journalism program at NYU, have taken that visibility to a new level. Continue reading
New York City and its long history have many facets from activism to tourism. A People’s Guide to New York City (forthcoming from University of California Press) seeks to combine those two aspects of the city by shining a light on the City’s politically, historically, and sociologically salient locations in a way that traditional tourist guides do not. Continue reading
Former UDL staffer and overall guru of civic engagement, Asher Novek, is now working for this great project. Reach out to him if you’re interested in volunteering.
Democracy 2.1 (http://democracy21.info/) is seeking volunteers with a strong interest in public policy to help run the first US based experiment alongside New York City Councilmember staff, including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Benjamin Kallos, and Councilmember Brad Lander. D21 is an innovative anti-corruption voting model, designed by activist Karel Janecek and tested in cities around the world including London, Cambridge, Paris, and Vienna. D21 is testing the voting system in New York City with the help of the New York City Council and the Participatory Budgeting Project to test an experiment during the coming Participatory Budgeting cycle.
We are seeking volunteers to help run the experiment in council districts around New York City. Volunteers will work closely with the D21 team to implement the testing software and work with constituents coming out to vote. Apply now for volunteer opportunities available in the week of April 11th-19th in districts around New York City.
A stipend to cover transportation and food will be provided, as well as a free t-shirt and invitation to our “wrap” party, once Participatory Budgeting ends.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Know Your City is a new Gallatin club that seeks to engage the NYU community in critical conversations about gentrification and explore ways to mitigate its effects. Continue reading
Examining the influence of the Occupy Movement, panelists Laura Gottesdiener, Diego Ibanez, Michelle Crentsil discuss the “people power” movement and its theory for grassroots change… Continue reading
Earlier this fall, the Urban Democracy Lab welcomed writer Melissa Bean as our chief blogger. Born in Rochester, New York, Melissa earned her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May 2014. Her concentration, entitled Deviance and Social Control: Realities and Representations, combined an in-depth study of sociology, literature, and psychology, allowing her to take an interdisciplinary approach to questions of social regulation. Melissa is also a creative writer whose fiction has appeared in Scissors and Spackle, Literary Orphans, and The Gallatin Review. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A in Fiction at New York University.
Over the next several months, Melissa will be speaking with activists, scholars, artists, filmmakers, community organizers, and other changemakers who are helping us all think more creatively and sustainably about what urban democracy looks like. She will uncover the motivations and challenges that have helped shape her subjects. And, crucially, she will ask these important leaders to tell us what tools are necessary to advance our shared goal of a just and thriving urban future.
Please join us in welcoming Melissa Bean to the Urban Democracy Lab!
Geographer Stuart Elden from the University of Warwick and NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, presented recent research on both the limitations and possibilities at play in considering the “urban,” a bounded and definable category of space: that is, a territory.