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History tells us that New York will recover from its current crises — but how? Here’s what the evidence tells us so far.
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Our Region

RPA operates in the interconnected 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.

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23 million


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Our Areas of Expertise

  • Energy & Environment

    Energy & Environment

    RPA’s Energy & Environment program helps the region to rise to the challenge of climate change through proactive regional planning, smart policy development, and advocacy for sustainable land use practices.

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  • Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    RPA’s Housing & Neighborhood Planning program explores how to make the region affordable for everyone and builds collaborative local plans focused on healthy, inclusive, and well-designed communities.

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  • Transportation


    RPA’s Transportation program helps shape and strengthen the network of railways, roads, airports and ports that binds the region together and connect us to the rest of the world.

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  • Governance


    RPA works to fix the institutions that are failing us by assisting and reforming the governments and agencies responsible for investments and policies that cut across the region’s three states and 782 municipalities.

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Ongoing Campaigns

COVID-19 Recovery

We’re working to identify who’s vulnerable to COVID-19 impacts including homelessness and loss of income, how to navigate the rent crisis, rescue public transit systems, and ensure an equitable recovery for the region.

Congestion Pricing and Fixing the Subways

Congestion pricing offers an opportunity to unclog traffic, fund and improve public transit, reduce air pollution, and achieve better public health outcomes, and RPA is working to make sure we get this policy right.

Restore the Promise of Public Housing

RPA is proposing strategies to increase funding and improve management for NYCHA, and we’re building the political and civic will necessary to implement them.

Transition to a Decarbonized Region

RPA advocates for policies and investments that can help our region hit ambitious climate targets without triggering other crises of equity, affordability or economic decline.

Reducing Segregation & Inequality Across the Region

Our region is one of the most segregated parts of the United States and has some of the highest levels of income inequality. RPA analyzes the scope of these structural inequities and works with partners to address them.

The Nation’s Most Urgent Infrastructure Project

Build Gateway Now is a coalition of civic, labor and business leaders building support for the construction of a new rail tunnel to connect New York, New Jersey, and the entire Northeast Corridor.
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Event Highlight

A Green Way Forward: Can we lead with nature in addressing NYC’s climate crisis?

Through a panel discussion with local and international experts in the fields of ecology, engineering and design, RPA, Waterfront Alliance, and Rebuild by Design will explore how we can invite nature back into the urban fabric to adapt to climate change.


Judah Asimov
Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity
Sarah Charlop-Powers
Natural Areas Conservancy
Georganna Deas
Coney Island Beautification Project
Jane Madgwick
Wetlands International
Henk Nieboer
Kate Orff
Scape Studios; Center for Resilient Cities & Landscapes, Columbia University
Zoned One Family Lefferts isolated Be My Neighbor Report2
Now that New York City is rezoning for affordable housing in SoHo/NoHo, here are the five neighborhoods the city should target next.
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Trump Biden Debate Associated Press
We’re taking stock of where candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand on issues of great importance to Regional Plan Association.
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As we recognize Indigenous People’s Day, RPA compiled educational resources and a summary of issues relating to Native American tribes in the tri-state area.
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New York has a strong history of coming back.”

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Urban Design Manhattan” recommended design principles for central business districts. Major elements of the report included opening subway stations to light and air, as the Citicorp Plaza did in Manhattan, and concentrating development above and adjacent to subway stations.
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The Fourth Plan seeks to address issues including housing affordability, overburdened transportation infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change — by addressing the underlying shortcomings in the region’s governance structures.
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From the Report Library

Urban Space for Pedestrians


How do people walk in a city? That’s essentially the subject of this classic book, first published in 1975 and written by Boris Pushkarev with Jeffrey Zupan. It examines how people navigate a sidewalk or plaza, how much space they take up, and how much space they need.
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