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Reducing Segregation & Inequality

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.

Who is able to afford to live in the many largely white suburban communities across our region today is not a matter of personal determination; it is a matter of history.”


TASC Graphic2
TASC is an innovative and comprehensive mapping tool developed by RPA and the Municipal Art Society of New York that uses open data to assist elected officials, planning practitioners, and communities on a wide range of land use actions that affect future development.
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Fairfield County CT
To help communities in Fairfield County, CT understand and address challenges related to housing, RPA offers data and analysis on demographics and housing characteristics for all of the county’s 23 towns and cities.
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Manchester Connecticut
RPA joined the Connecticut Department of Housing and partners across the state to create this guidebook to help towns create strong affordable housing plans.
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Aileen Devlin Long Island
RPA offers updated profiles on the demographics and housing characteristics of every Long Island city, town, and village in an easily accessible format.
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Be Neighbor Pattern
We can create hundreds of thousands of new homes in the region just by allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and conversions of large single-family homes to two- or three-family homes.
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Survey Pattern 01
74% of residents surveyed by RPA and Global Strategy Group support policies to create more affordable housing in the region.
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NY State Graphic
RPA supports the Accessory Homes Enabling Act and NYCHA Preservation Trust legislation, and comments on components of Governor Cuomo’s draft budget.
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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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Segregation Opportunty in Housing 1967 Regional Plan Association
Housing segregation in our region did not happen by chance. It is the result of accumulated policy decisions over multiple generations. To address this, we first must acknowledge and understand this history.
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A new proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fails to recognize the historic and current relationship between segregation, inequality, and spatial planning.
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From the Archive

Housing Segregation
Racial separation in the region is very strong: less than 10 percent of census tracts are racially​“balanced,” that is, have about the regional average proportion of black families. Blacks are substantially under-represented in more than 70 percent, and substantially over-represented in about 20 percent of census tracts.
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