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A Time Capsule of Black History, Rediscovered and Preserved in New York

January 18, 2011
A Time Capsule of Black History, Rediscovered and Preserved in New York

It’s hard to imagine any inch of New York City that hasn’t been scrutinized, glorified, surveyed, bought, and sold. But only 42 years ago, in 1968, Pratt Institute Professor Jim Hurley discovered three buildings in Brooklyn completely off the grid. He was in a helicopter, preparing for his urban studies course when he spotted three ancient houses along a forgotten alley. It looked like a little farm airlifted from Middle America. Instead, it was an improbably intact remnant of Weeksville, the country’s first community of free, black Americans.

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Bike Lanes Not All Sunshine and Lollipops

December 13, 2010
Bike Lanes Not All Sunshine and Lollipops

From a sustainability stand point, bike lane infrastructure in any city would seem like an obvious positive. Bikes are an environmentally sound way to get around, they decrease the number of cars on the road and the offer health benefits to riders. Bike lanes make cycling a safe and viable transportation alternative for city residents. Win, win right? Wrong.

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First Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

November 18, 2010
First Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

The focus of the conference is to “forge food, farming and policy solutions for the Black Community.”

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Freedom Food Alliance: Bridging the Gap

November 1, 2010
Freedom Food Alliance: Bridging the Gap

Jalal Sabur is on a mission.  As a Community Organizer for the Westchester Political Action Coalition (a Westchester county environmental foundation) and a founding member of the Freedom Food Alliance (a project of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s Food Justice Committee), Jalal is dedicated to bridging the gap between Black urban communities and Black rural […]

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Feasibility vs. Imagination: Proposals for the Future of Transport

August 30, 2010
Feasibility vs. Imagination: Proposals for the Future of Transport

As part of our learning experience as CISC interns, we took a field trip to visit the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy’s, “Our Cities, Ourselves” exhibit at the American Institute for Architecture (AIA). The program created this exhibit with hopes that cities will become safer and more efficient in the future. This primary focus is to propose redesigned transport systems for 10 of the world’s urban centers.

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