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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 »

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    Max Weselcouch Testifies at New York City Council Hearing on Foreclosures

    January 30th 2012

    Jan. 30, 2012: Furman Center Data Manager and Research Analyst Max Weselcouch testified at a hearing of the New York City Council’s Committee on Community Development on mortgage foreclosures in New York. The testimony covered Furman Center research on the ongoing nature of the foreclosure crisis, the community impacts of foreclosures, and the likelihood that borrowers who undergo foreclosure counseling will receive mortgage modifications. Read her testimony here. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Participates in Webinar on the Effect of Foreclosures on Families

    January 26th 2012

    Jan. 26, 2012: Furman Center Faculty Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen participated in a webinar “The Foreclosure Crisis in Three Cities: Children, Schools, and Neighborhoods” hosted by The Center for Housing Policy. The webinar was part of a series on foreclosures for HousingPolicy.org’s Live at the Forum.  Ingrid Ellen’s presentation, “Children and the Foreclosure Crisis: School Mobility” is available here.  She joined two other researchers from Baltimore and Washington D.C. to present studies exploring the similarities and differences of where families go after foreclosure.  For additional information on the effects of the foreclosure crisis on children, read the Furman Center study on the relationship between foreclosure and student mobility here. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Presents at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Conference

    January 20th 2012

    Jan. 20, 2012: At the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Conference, co-director Ingrid Gould Ellen presented findings on the impact of foreclosures on children moving to lower-performing schools. The conference, entitled “Beyond Housing: A National Conversation on Child Homelessness and Poverty,” provided an opportunity to help colleagues across the field to imagine new and dynamic ways to reduce the impact of poverty and homelessness on children and families. Read the report that the presentation was based on here. Read more »

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    Furman Center Mourns Death of Herbert Z. Gold

    January 17th 2012

    Jan. 17, 2012: The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy mourns the death of longtime friend and supporter Herbert Z. Gold, who died on November 25th at the age of 96. A graduate of the NYU School of Law, Herb was a real estate developer in Rockville Centre and Long Island. Herb supported the Furman Center for many years, and most recently, his interest in and commitment to the development of affordable housing spurred him to establish the Herbert Z. Gold Affordable Housing Fellowship at the Furman Center, which was critical to the development and launch of our Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP) database last year. Herb’s kindness and compassion, his intellectual curiosity, and his generous spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Read more »

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    Mark Willis Participates in American Securitization Forum Seminar

    December 12th 2011

    Dec. 12, 2011: Furman Center Resident Research Fellow Mark Willis served as a panelist at the American Securitization Forum seminar “Private Mortgage Finance Legislation—Rep. Garrett and Senator Corker’s Proposals.” Since the Obama Administration produced its whitepaper on GSE reform in February of 2010, Congressional leaders have been discussing the appropriate role of government within our nation’s housing finance system. Panelists discussed two draft bills from Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) that would wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and drastically reduce the federal government’s involvement in housing finance. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen and Max Weselcouch Participate in Strategic Data Use Conference

    December 7th 2011

    Dec. 7, 2011: Furman Center Faculty Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen and Data Manager Max Weselcouch participated in the Strategic Data Use to Stabilize Neighborhoods Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Ingrid Ellen joined a panel titled “Mobilizing Grassroots Participation in Data-Driven Policy,” which explored community-based efforts to use data as a means to mobilize people, and resources to gather and analyze data and affect change. View presentation. Max Weselcouch participated in the “Data Infrastructure Blueprint” workshop, which focused on ways to prepare and use data to promote neighborhood reinvestment. View presentation. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors and The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond hosted the conference. Read more »

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    Max Weselcouch Testifies at New York State Assembly Hearing on Foreclosures

    November 7th 2011

    Nov. 7, 2011: Furman Center Data Manager and Research Analyst Max Weselcouch testified at a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly’s committees on Housing, Judiciary and Banks on mortgage foreclosures in New York. The testimony covered Furman Center research on the ongoing nature of the foreclosure crisis, the community impacts of foreclosures, and the likelihood that borrowers who undergo foreclosure counseling will receive mortgage modifications. View coverage of the testimony here. Read more »