08 August 2010

MADE IN MIDTOWN


In 2009, the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit devoted to improving New York City’s public realm, partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to create Made in Midtown, a study of the fashion industry, the Garment District, and why both the industry and the neighborhood are an integral part of New York City's economy, identity, and sense of place.

Made in Midtown is about much more than fashion. It's about one of the last neighborhoods in Manhattan that has not yet been remade by recent waves of new development. It's about jobs and immigrant workers. It's about the decisions city officials make to support certain kinds of businesses and land-use development, whether it's baseball stadiums, high-rise condominiums, or factories.

Made in Midtown is about what kind of city we want New York to be--we think it should continue to be a place that values and promotes creative industries of all kinds, including fashion.

For Phase II of the project, the Design Trust for Public Space will facilitate public forums around the role of creative industries in New York City. Building on these discussions, and the findings of Phase I, we will work with all stakeholders to generate strategies for zoning and land-use, to build city support for the fashion industry, and to develop programming or urban design initiatives that increase the industry’s presence in the public realm. LINK

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