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What’s Wrong with the City’s Plan to Redevelop Coney Island?

In 2008, the City of New York proposed to rezone 47 acres in Coney Island and set the stage for a massive redevelopment project. Although the City’s plan promised thousands of new jobs and housing units would arrive in Coney Island, residents feared they had more to lose than to gain from the proposed revitalization. The Coney Island for All coalition developed a policy platform and pushed for the plan to include guarantees for good jobs, increased affordable housing, a stronger amusement area, and the creation of much needed public amenities.

About the One City/One Future Blueprint

One City/One Future Blueprint is the product of four years of collaboration by civic leaders, neighborhood advocates, community development organizations, labor unions, affordable housing groups, environmentalists, immigrant advocates, and other stakeholders to make economic development work for all New Yorkers. It’s been endorsed by 65 leading organizations. Ours is an ambitious new vision for economic development, in which growth delivers living wage jobs, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and livable neighborhoods. It provides an urgently needed framework for recovery from the current economic recession. It is a vision for shared prosperity that puts the needs and voices of communities front and center. And it is a vision that is attainable, using concrete policies that can be implemented here and now.

Not Just Any Job: Upstate Needs Good Jobs

New York needs the kind of economic development that will allow workers to move up the career ladder and into the middle class, guarantee healthcare and other benefits for low-wage workers and their families, attract and keep college-educated workers in Upstate communities to create a diversified workforce, and to ensure that workers remain Upstate for the long-term.

Partner Resources: Green Collar Jobs Roundtable

General resources Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy (U.S. Conference of Mayors) Green-Collar Jobs in America’s Cities: Building Pathways out of Poverty and Careers in the Clean Energy Economy (Apollo Alliance and Green For All) Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy (Center for American Progress and Political Economy Research Institute) Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-carbon World (United Nations Environment Programme) PlaNYC 2030 PlaNYC 2030, (City of New York) PlaNYC 2030 Progress Report, (City of New York) Energy Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (New York State Public Service Commission) New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard New York City’s Solar Energy Future, Part I: the Market for Photovoltaic Systems in New York (The Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College) Weatherization Assistance Program – New York State (Division of Housing and Community Renewal) Home Performance with Energy Star Program (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program (NYSERDA) New York City Puts Out Call for Renewable Power (Clean Tech Group, LLC) Decoding the Code: How Can NYC’s 2007 Building Code Help Meet PlaNYC 2030 Energy/Carbon Reduction Goals?…