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Making Policy Public
May 31, 2009 11:14 AM   Subscribe

Urban Omnibus is an online project of the Architectural League that explores the relationship between design and New York City's physical environment. They are featuring Making Policy Public, a program of The Center for Urban Pedagogy, through their articles about Vendor Power and Predatory Equity.

"Just as we were beginning our collaboration, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, a predatory equity building in the Bronx widely recognized as the birthplace of hip-hop, was being overleveraged by a predatory developer. This was not only a case of people potentially losing their homes; but also of New York City losing its heritage and culture. The threats are social and cultural as well as economic.

Through their work helping tenants organize and speaking to lawmakers and media sources, (we) knew that the poster would have to address two different audiences: 1) Tenants who wanted to know how the law and predatory equity practices could directly affect them and 2) decision-makers who would need inside information to take action. They imagined the publication’s goal was to mobilize tenants in affected and at-risk buildings and to convince politicians and banks to recognize the problem and take immediate action. We agreed finding a way to visually explain predatory equity was the best place to start."
posted by netbros (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is really, really cool. I dream of doing work this relevant some day.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 11:56 AM on May 31, 2009


Wowzers for real.
posted by The Whelk at 12:01 PM on May 31, 2009


Got my copy of the social security pamphlet in the mail today - just impeccable graphic design, doubling as both policy and journalism. Wowzers indeed.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 11:18 AM on June 4, 2009


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