The past seven months have provided astonishing lessons in urban transformation. We’ve come to appreciate how fragile even a great city is and how sturdy it can be. When the virus swept through, New Yorkers beat it back, turning one of the most dangerous spots in the nation into one of the safest—temporarily, at least. The combination of failure, epiphany, improvisation, and determination gives us a once-in-a-lifetime shot at molding the next phase of the city’s evolution. We are approaching a critical moment of possibility (indeed, necessity) for city officials, planners, developers, and community leaders to come together to respond to current conditions — but if New York simply returns to the city it was in 2019, with all its manic wealth and grinding inequities, it will have failed the future. The post-Covid recovery, and the election of an almost completely new city government in November 2021, has the power to alter nearly all aspects of the city, including home, work, and everything in between.
Join Justin Davidson of New York magazine and Curbed as he talks to some of the city’s most creative and engaged thought-leaders, experts, and practitioners about how the need for a fairer city might shape the built environment, from the skyline to the street.
Dates and speakers to be announced shortly — check back soon!
About the Moderator:
Justin Davidson has been the classical music and architecture critic at New York magazine since 2007. He is now the editor of Cityscape as a part of Curbed/New York magazine. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002 and an American Society of Newspaper Editors criticism (ASNE) award. He has contributed to The New Yorker, W., Travel and Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, and has appeared on WNYC and NPR. He is the author of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York (Penguin Random House, 2017). Read his recent article about the future of New York City here.