Re-Designing New York City - Thursday December 12th

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Re-Designing New York City

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Thursday, Dec. 12, 4:00 sharp – 5:15 pm

Gottesman Library, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th St.

(bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. North side of 120th Street -- Take the #1 train to 116th St.)

2nd floor Conversation Lounge

Please bring a photo ID required for entry to the building.

RSVP to reserve a place.

There will be a display of relevant books and light refreshments.

(Coffee etc. available at Cafe on ground floor as you enter the building.)

Your life in New York City will be effected by the new Mayoral administration. Here’s your chance to have your say. What are your ideas for helping all of us to live together more enjoyably, healthfully, safely, and productively?

The Talking Transition project( ) has invited us to discuss our future. Such conversations have been taking place online, in the streets, at libraries throughout the city, and in a big white tent thrown up Canal Street and Varick after the election.

Mayor-Elect de Blasio has shown keen interest in the ideas coming out of these conversations, saying: “If you give people a chance to offer their ideas, you’ll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have positive, productive ideas.”

To continue that discussion on the Teachers College campus, we invite YOUR thoughts, ideas, and suggestions:What changes would you like to see in the area of city living of most interest to you?….e.g., our streets, parks, schools and colleges, healthcare, local businesses, housing, immigrant integration, environment, law enforcement, rules, regulations, and priorities for spending public funds?

Output from our Conversation will be displayed afterwards at the Gottesman Library, to stimulate on-going discussion on campus, and will be transmitted to the transitions team.

Suggested Readings (optional): Happy City by Charles Montgomery;Who’s Your City? and/or The Flight of the Creative Class, by Richard Florida. Socrates spent his life talking with his fellow Athenians about how to make their city a better place to lead a good life. He and his friends came to the agora every day, to discuss how to improve their city, and their own lives.*

The project is not a part of the de Blasio administration, but is an initiative of a group of foundations led by George Soros’ Open Society Program.

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NEXT CONVERSATION: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.