TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 | PETER JAY SHARP THEATER, NEW MUSEUM
The one-day, members-only 2016 MAS Summit tackles a subject at the very core of the MAS legacy and advocacy agenda: New York City's public assets.
A healthy, dynamic, and inclusive city depends on the protection and promotion of what is collectively ours—parks, open space, libraries, museums, streetscapes, infrastructure, views, and other intangible resources—on which our quality of life depends. We will be asking and answering the questions: "What are public assets? Why do they matter? Who decides?"
Join us as we drill down on the process of advocating for public assets.
VALUE IS NOT JUST MONEY
Attributing value to our public assets often comes down to money. But how do we begin to use other methods to measure intangible resources like light, air, neighborhood character, beauty, utility, health, quality of life, and more? We must ensure that these critical values are factored into the equation. What are the new metrics that we need?
THE ROAD FORWARD
We need to balance competing priorities and weigh the importance of one asset against another to determine the best path forward. Where do we invest? How can we ensure that investment in one asset does not eclipse another? How do we engage communities to participate in the process?
ENDS AND MEANS
How do we ensure the continued maintenance and success of our assets? Many public assets come about through public/private partnerships. What are the merits and demerits of this funding strategy? What are the alternatives?
THE REAL BOTTOM LINE
Land use and environmental review processes are designed to allow a public voice in changes to our neighborhoods. Once a project is done, how do we determine if it is successful? Are the assumptions, evaluations, and mitigation measures asserted during the planning and environmental review processes tested against real world conditions? And as administrations change and priorities shift, who is held accountable?