Founded in 1922, Regional Plan Association is the nation's most influential independent regional planning organization. RPA works to improve the quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning and advocacy. The organization also seeks advancements in infrastructure and urban development in the Northeast and across the U.S. RPA’s storied history includes the creation of three landmark plans for the tri-state region. The first one, in 1929, provided the blueprint for the transportation and open space networks that we take for granted today. The second plan, completed in 1968, was instrumental in restoring our deteriorated mass transit system, preserving threatened natural resources and revitalizing our urban centers. In 1996, RPA's third regional plan, "A Region at Risk," warned that new global trends had fundamentally altered New York's national and global position. The plan called for building a seamless mass transit system, creating a three-million acre network of protected natural resource systems, maintaining half the region's employment in urban centers and assisting minority and immigrant communities to fully participate in the economic mainstream.
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Cities and regions that thrive in the 21st century will be those that embrace their future by planning for the changing needs of their...
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