Jocelyne Chait, Urban Planning Fellow

Kira Gould, Journalism Fellow

Margaret SeipUrban Planning Fellow

Petr StandUrban Design Fellow


Andrea Woodner, (former) Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space


Bronx Community Board 3

Design Trust for Public Space

Trust for Public Land

Achieving a Balance resulted from a collaboration between the Design Trust, The Trust for Public Land, and Bronx Community Board 3. The report summarizes project research and makes recommendations to the community board that will help the community realize its long-term planning needs.

Achieving a Balance's aim was to promote strategies that address the sometimes competing needs for housing and public open space.

Policy and design proposals in the report were aimed at helping Community Board 3 in land use and development decisions. However, the report has broader relevance as a resource for other neighborhoods that have concentrations of vacant city-owned land and are going through a similar revitalization process.

Achieving a Balance provides information on numerous planning documents and data sources and suggests ways of improving the coordination of local planning and development efforts. In particular, it points to how the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by community boards for land-use management could greatly transform the state of local planning — in New York City and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Seeking a Balance

Chapter 1: The Changing Face of the Bronx
Chapter 2: Rebuilding Community District 3
Chapter 3: Population
Chapter 4: Housing
Chapter 5: Parks, Playgrounds, Triangles
Chapter 6: Community Gardens
Chapter 7: Urban Design Charrette: Community Design Explorations
Chapter 8: Development Opportunities
Chapter 9: Achieving a Balance: Planning Recommendations


Publication Information

Date: November 2000

Pages: 104

Design by: Agenda

Status: Out of print; available as a PDF

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