The Rockaways: Resiliency and Community Revitalization

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Best practices in planning for vulnerable coastal communities
  • Benefits of inter-agency collaboration
  • Economic development in distressed communities 
  • Placemaking and strategies for destination/tourism development 


New York’s Rockaway Peninsula boasts a varied history of economic boom, abandonment, urban renewal, and, now, a fledging comeback driven by its beachfront location. Learn how planners are working to continue these revitalization efforts despite the area's geographic isolation, concentrated poverty, and vulnerability to sea-level rise. The city has already spearheaded two neighborhood planning initiatives, a comprehensive transportation study, and millions of dollars of planned investments in infrastructure, public facilities, and housing.

Still, the question remains: What combination of strategies and tools is needed to make the Rockaways a resilient, thriving community and regional beach destination? Explore how planners are addressing that question while confronting major economic, housing, transportation, employment, and land-use challenges. 


Jeanne Dupont , Rockaway Watefront Alliance , Far Rockaway , NY (see bio)
Perris Straughter , AICP , NYC HPD , New York , NY (see bio)
Gerard Romski , New York , NY (see bio)
Donovan Richards , New York , NY (see bio)
Manuel Silva , Far Rockaway , NY (see bio)
Jainey Bavishi , New York , NY (see bio)