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Playing House: Two Cool Tools for New York Renters

Even the experts can get tripped up with the esoteric language of New York real estate--like, what the heck is an ULURP?--so two new design-driven collaborations help New York renters to understand their communities and know their rights.

The Envisioning Development toolkit is developed by the Center for Urban Pedagogy with a long list of partners, and designed by Glen Cummings of MTWTF, to help communities understand how their neighborhoods are getting built--and how they can take an active role in shaping them. Components for the affordable housing toolkit are available now, like an interactive felt chart, a guidebook, and a map to help residents hold workshops where they can learn about policy in New York City. The online map is especially mind-blowing as it charts the income of any neighborhood in New York, then can be adjusted to see what percentage of its residents can afford to live there.

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Another Center for Urban Pedagogy collaborator Candy Chang (she designed its New York City street vendor guide) recently created another awesome tool to help renters, Tenant Flash Cards. A collaboration with non-profit Tenants & Neighbors and grant from Sappi Ideas that Matter created a 30-card deck that translates New York state's Tenants' Rights Guide into a fun and informational reference guide. These are available for only $10--a great holiday gift for any New York newbie!

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