“RPA’s research has made a tremendous contribution to our understanding of the region,” said Richard Ravitch, former lieutenant governor of New York and former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “As a board member who has worked closely with RPA for decades, I believe that failing to anticipate the region’s long-term needs will jeopardize the prosperity and quality of life of future generations.”
To help lead this effort, RPA has asked Rohit Aggarwala, the special advisor to the chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and Anthony Shorris, vice dean and chief of staff of the NYU Langone Medical Center, to co-chair RPA’s Committee on the Fourth Regional Plan.
Planning for the future must involve input from community organizations, civic groups, businesses and citizens that together make our region vibrant and successful. Through collaboration with regional and community leaders, interactive workshops, issue forums, interviews and online conversations incorporating social media, RPA plans to engage and learn from expert and non-expert voices from across the region.
To learn more about what is important to the region’s 22 million inhabitants, RPA this winter commissioned a poll of residents. The survey found that residents of the tri-state area are more optimistic about their quality of life than they were two decades ago, but problems including unemployment, the cost of housing, property taxes and the threat of natural disasters are casting a significant shadow on their hopes for progress in the coming years.