Ingrid Gould Ellen Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Foreclosure
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.
Posted March 8th 2012
Vicki Been Presents on Land Use Regulation at University of Florida Levin College of Law
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.
Posted February 28th 2012
Max Weselcouch Participates in APA’s Mortgage and Credit Crisis Panel
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.
Posted February 16th 2012
Furman Center Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
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.
Posted February 16th 2012
Vicki Been Participates in Brooklyn Law School Land Use Symposium
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.
Posted February 10th 2012
Vicki Been Delivers Norman Williams Distinguised Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law
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.
Posted February 2nd 2012
Max Weselcouch Testifies at New York City Council Hearing on Foreclosures
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.
Posted January 30th 2012
Ingrid Gould Ellen Participates in Webinar on the Effect of Foreclosures on Families
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.
Posted January 26th 2012
Ingrid Gould Ellen Presents at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Conference
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.
Posted January 20th 2012
Furman Center Mourns Death of Herbert Z. Gold
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.
Posted January 17th 2012
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