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RPA’s annual benefit is an opportunity for our community to come together and honor transformative projects and outstanding leaders in the region.
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Our Region

RPA operates in the interconnected 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.

Map of the Region RPA works in

3

States

31

Counties

782

Municipalities

23 million

Residents

13 thousand

Square Miles

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Energy & Environment

    Energy & Environment

    RPA’s Energy & Environment program helps the region to rise to the challenge of climate change through proactive regional planning, smart policy development, and advocacy for sustainable land use practices.

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  • Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    RPA’s Housing & Neighborhood Planning program explores how to make the region affordable for everyone and builds collaborative local plans focused on healthy, inclusive, and well-designed communities.

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  • Transportation

    Transportation

    RPA’s Transportation program helps shape and strengthen the network of railways, roads, airports and ports that binds the region together and connect us to the rest of the world.

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  • Governance

    Governance

    RPA works to fix the institutions that are failing us by assisting and reforming the governments and agencies responsible for investments and policies that cut across the region’s three states and 782 municipalities.

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Ongoing Campaigns

COVID-19 Recovery

We’re working to identify who’s vulnerable to COVID-19 impacts including homelessness and loss of income, how to navigate the rent crisis, rescue public transit systems, and ensure an equitable recovery for the region.

Congestion Pricing and Fixing the Subways

Congestion pricing offers an opportunity to unclog traffic, fund and improve public transit, reduce air pollution, and achieve better public health outcomes, and RPA is working to make sure we get this policy right.

Restore the Promise of Public Housing

RPA is proposing strategies to increase funding and improve management for NYCHA, and we’re building the political and civic will necessary to implement them.

Transition to a Decarbonized Region

RPA advocates for policies and investments that can help our region hit ambitious climate targets without triggering other crises of equity, affordability or economic decline.

Reducing Segregation & Inequality Across the Region

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.

The Nation’s Most Urgent Infrastructure Project

Build Gateway Now is a coalition of civic, labor and business leaders building support for the construction of a new rail tunnel to connect New York, New Jersey, and the entire Northeast Corridor.
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Event Highlight

Exploring President Biden’s Urban Agenda

How will the Biden Administration approach urban policy and planning? The leaders of the nation’s foremost planning organizations will discuss what the shift in leadership means for the future of US cities.

Speakers

MarySue Barret
President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Calvin Gladney (Moderator)
President & CEO, Smart Growth America
Alicia John-Baptiste
President & CEO, SPUR
Tom Wright
President & CEO, Regional Plan Association
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RPA joins transit advocates to release an equity-based transportation agenda for NYC mayoral candidates.
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Tunnel Construction
RPA compiled a list of projects and regulatory actions we recommend the Biden administration prioritize immediately.
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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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We cannot function as a region without our public transit network.”

RPA Plan2 Urban Design Manhattan 34 Access Tree Diagram
Urban Design Manhattan” recommended design principles for central business districts. Major elements of the report included opening subway stations to light and air, as the Citicorp Plaza did in Manhattan, and concentrating development above and adjacent to subway stations.
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Fourth regional plan cover
The Fourth Plan seeks to address issues including housing affordability, overburdened transportation infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change — by addressing the underlying shortcomings in the region’s governance structures.
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Public Service in Older Cities 1969 Paterson NJ
Investment in public services devoted to improving conditions for lower-income people should be more than doubled in order to break the cycle of poverty, RPA wrote in this report of the Second Regional Plan. This report proposed a fiscal strategy by which the nation could meet its responsibilities to lower-income citizens.
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