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BIDs in NYC Panel Talk
Business Improvement Districts in New York City


Wednesday, October 30 — 4 PM
Fordham University | Rose Hill Campus

Join Fordham University alums Prof. Abe Unger and Rob Walsh for an evening of conversation on BIDs in New York City.

about the panelists:

from Abe Unger's Business Improvement Districts (2016):

Privatization has transformed cities, particularly through the role of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the revitalization of America’s downtowns. These public-private partnerships between property owners and municipal government have developed retail strips across the United States into lifestyle and commercial hubs. BIDs are non-profit community organizations with the public power to tax and spend on services in their districts, but they are unelected bodies often operating in the shadows of local government. They work as agents of economic development, but are they democratic? What can we learn from BIDs about the accountability of public-private partnerships, and how they impact our lives as citizens?

sponsored by: Fordham Urban Studies Program and Department of Political Science.

Sixth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference

Sydney Urban Law Conference 2019

This event happened on July 11–12, 2019
University of New South Wales Law School Sydney, Australia

Since 2014, the Urban Law Center's annual Conference has welcomed leading scholars from a range of urban law perspectives to present their research. Now in its sixth year, the Conference will build on this tradition, again providing a dynamic forum for legal scholars from around the globe to share diverse international, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of cities and law.

The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Documentary

Maribor Uprisings documentary

This event happened on April 10, 2019

In the once prosperous industrial city of Maribor, Slovenia, anger over political corruption became unruly revolt. Part film, part conversation, and part interactive experiment, Uprisings invites you to participate in the protests. You are faced with the choice of joining non-violent protests or following rowdy crowds towards City Hall and greater conflict. What would you do?

  • Q+A with the filmmaker to follow screening
  • Refreshments will be served

about the filmmaker: Maple Razsa is an Associate Professor and Director of Global Studies at Colby College. His films have been shown in festivals around the world, including CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and DOK Leipzig. Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics After Socialism (Indiana University Press, 2015) won the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology.

sponsored by: The Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Urban Studies Program and Fordham Urban Consortium, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Communication and Media Studies

Divergent States: Explaining Immigration Federalism in New Mexico and Arizona

border crossing

This event happened on March 11, 2019

about the speaker: Monica Varsanyi is Professor of Geography and Executive Officer of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and in the Political Science Department at John Jay College, CUNY. She is a scholar of migration, membership, and the state, with a specific focus on unauthorized immigration and immigration federalism in the United States.

Annika Hinze Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & Director, Urban Studies Program, Fordham University
Gemma Solimene Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University

Public Parks: Creating Citizens and Practicing Democracy

Brooklyn Bridge park

This event happened on February 11, 2019

about the speaker: Saille Murray is a master’s student in the Urban Studies Department at Fordham University. She has over ten years experience in political advocacy and campaigns in the Midwest. Her research interests include public space as political and spiritual infrastructure; policies of exclusion; and minority access to public space; and the role that public space plays in citizenship. Currently her research focuses on public spaces in New York City, how they are used, and who feels welcome in those spaces.