RPA’s 4th Regional Plan Provides Opportunity to Further Equity and Fair Housing
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) is encouraging its members and all other interested parties to support the Regional Plan Association‘s (RPA’s) Fourth Regional Plan that promotes equity.
The Network has shared a public letter of support for the RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan recommendations that promotes equity in the New York region which includes New Jersey.
The following are key points outlined in the letter:
- Affirmatively further fair housing by both strengthening disadvantaged communities and opening exclusionary places.
- Make decisions more inclusively, from facilities siting, to local land use control, to who gets to participate in local elections.
- Reduce inequality by expanding access to economic opportunity and eliminating the racial/ethnic/gender wealth and income gaps.
- Create new relationships between communities, industry and nature to provide dignified, productive and ecologically sustainable livelihoods.
- Invest in transportation to link all to more opportunities and lower costs for those with the lowest ability to pay.
If your organization would like to sign on to the letter, please email Arnold Cohen by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Quoting from the letter, “RPA and the undersigned organizations jointly call on implementers of the Fourth Plan to acknowledge the mistakes of the past, harmful policies of the present and boldly envision a brighter future where equitable outcomes are truly accomplished. Implementers must face the policies that have perpetuated inequality between people of different races, ethnicities, incomes, ages, genders and other social identities, including: unequal access to financing, restrictive covenants, blockbusting, redlining, racial steering, environmental injustices with disparate impacts, urban highway construction that tore apart immigrant communities and communities of color, and transportation that served only some parts of the population perpetuated an unequal society.”
RPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Some of the region’s most significant public works, economic development and open space projects have their roots in RPA ideas and initiatives, from the location of the George Washington Bridge to the revitalization of downtown Brooklyn, Stamford and Newark to the preservation of open space and development of parks in the Palisades, Governors Island and Gateway National Recreation Area. RPA has pursued these goals by conducting independent research, planning, advocacy and vigorous public-engagement efforts.