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    Ingrid Gould Ellen and Josiah Madar Participate in ANHD’s Annual Community Development Conference

    March 15th 2012

    March 15, 2012: Furman Center Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen participated in a panel: “The Next Steps to a Comprehensive Housing Strategy: Permanent Affordability and beyond” at this year’s ANHD Community Development Conference. Ingrid Ellen’s presentation focused on the needs and challenges for affordable housing in New York City, particularly the declines in the availability of rental units that are affordable for low-income households. See the presentation here. Also, Furman Center Research Fellow Josiah Madar moderated a panel at the ANHD conference: “Will the Single-family Housing Market Get Better or Worse in 2012?” This panel focused on how the New York market for single family housing is being impacted by various factors including a recovering economy, increasing REO inventory, a growing shadow inventory of foreclosed properties, and restrictive underwriting standards. Read more »

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    Furman Center and NYU’s Institute for Education and Policy Awarded MacArthur Housing Matters Grant

    March 14th 2012

    March 13, 2012: Researchers at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and NYU’s Institute for Education and Policy were awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation How Housing Matters research grant. The Furman Center will use the $202,000 grant award to investigate how housing matters for children by exploring whether housing vouchers enable recipients to move to neighborhoods with higher performing public schools, and whether they shape the educational performance of their children. The study will use data on 200 of the largest school districts across the country, including New York City, to compare the quality of schools in the zones in which housing voucher holders live to the quality of schools where other assisted households live, as well as zones where other poor households live. Learn more about the MacArthur grant and the Housing Matters initiative here. Read more »

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    John Infranca Presents on Transferable Development Rights at Conference

    March 8th 2012

    March 2-3, 2012: John Infranca presented “Development Rights Transfers in New York City: The Case of the Highline” at the Association for Law, Property and Society’s 3rd Annual Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. The Furman Center research project analyzes development rights transfers throughout New York City and the presentation looked more closely at the dynamics of transfers in the West Chelsea Special District. Read more »

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    John Infranca Presents on Religious Land Use at Washington D.C. Conference

    March 8th 2012

    March 2-3, 2012: Furman Center Legal Fellow John Infranca presented his paper on religious land use at the Association for Law, Property and Society’s 3rd Annual Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. His presentation proposed an alternative framework for interpreting the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which protects religious landowners from certain land use regulations that infringe on religious exercise.  Infranca focuses on the institutional nature of most RLUIPA claimants and applies theories of institutional free exercise and hardship tests from other land use doctrines to the claims of religious institutions. Read the paper here. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Foreclosure

    March 8th 2012

    Feb. 29, 2012: Furman Center Faculty Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen participated in a roundtable discussion on the state of the foreclosure crisis in New York, hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. The roundtable, which featured a discussion with Scott Wilson, Senior Advisor & Special Counsel to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, addressed recent foreclosure settlements in New York and how the legal system has both fulfilled and fallen short on its promises to offer assistance to homeowners and their communities. Access a video of the roundtable here. Read more »

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    Vicki Been Presents on Land Use Regulation at University of Florida Levin College of Law

    February 28th 2012

    Feb. 28, 2012: Director Vicki Been presented the Fifth Annual Wolf Family Lecture, “Who Controls Land Use Regulation: The Urban Growth Machine versus Homevoters,” at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, which examined the scope, motivations and outcomes of New York City rezonings in the past decade. In addition to factors, such as neighborhood character, demographics and existing building size and zoning regulations, the study finds that in accordance with the urban growth machine theory, growth will occur almost anywhere in New York City due to existing infrastructure and high market demand, while based on the homevoter theory, voting homeowners oppose upzonings that further develop areas that are attractive due to available amenities. A video of the lecture may be accessed here. Read more »

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    Max Weselcouch Participates in APA’s Mortgage and Credit Crisis Panel

    February 16th 2012

    Feb. 16, 2012: Furman Center Data Manager and Research Analyst Max Weselcouch took part in the New York Metro chapter of the American Planning Association’s panel, “2012: Revisiting the Growing Impact of the Mortgage and Credit Crisis on New York City.” Her presentation focused on the impact of foreclosures on New York City neighborhoods and research on loan modifications. You can see the presentation here. Read more »

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    Furman Center Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

    February 16th 2012

    Feb. 16, 2012: The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy is a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award recognizes the Furman Center’s excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research to address challenges facing neighborhoods in New York City and across the nation. The Furman Center is among 15 organizations in six countries selected for the award. Read the full press release here. A profile and video about the Furman Center can be accessed at the MacArthur Foundation’s website. Read more »

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    Vicki Been Participates in Brooklyn Law School Land Use Symposium

    February 10th 2012

    Feb. 10, 2012: Faculty Director Vicki Been participated in the David G. Trager Public Policy Symposium: “Post Zoning: Alternative Forms of Public Land Use Controls,” hosted by the Brooklyn Law School. The symposium assembled some of the nation’s leading land use theorists to confront the new revolution in land use regulation in the country and to examine the next phase of development control: non-zoning land use controls. Speakers and commentators discussed legal responses, proposed whether and when the law should embrace these new forms of land use controls, and considered what additional protections are needed. Read more »

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    Vicki Been Delivers Norman Williams Distinguised Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law

    February 2nd 2012

    Feb. 2, 2012: Furman Center Director Vicki Been delivered the 8th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law at Vermont Law School. The lecture, “Explaining the Motivations Behind Land Use Regulation,” explored the motivations for the more than 100 neighborhood-sized zoning changes throughout New York City, their implications for the future, and the lessons policymakers and courts can draw from a comprehensive analysis of the city’s rezoning decisions. Read more »