Who Decides Where the Subways Go?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy and students in the College Now Program at New Design High School in the Lower East Side of New York City ask, “Who decides where the subways go?”

The 7 line extension to the Javits Center and the Hudson Yards development is New York City’s first new subway station in 2 decades. As the blades of the project’s tunnel boring machine plow onward into the west 30′s, the students interviewed, researched and explored a multitude of sources to answer the question – who decided to build this line? And how do major, expensive public works projects progress beyond the idea stage and into reality?  The 6 month long student investigation explored how investments in infrastructure come to move forward and others don’t.

The students were lead by CUP teaching artists Alexandra Woolsey Puffer and Jeff Maki (OpenPlans Transportation Project Lead). The newspaper features interviews from Mark Schiffman at MTA Capital Construction, Joan Byron of the Pratt Center for Community Development and Stephen Spinola of REBNY, among many others.

Check out pictures of the event and the newspaper at Who Decides Where the Subways Go?, or watch a short video of the students having a process-ion to review the steps of the subway extension process!

Fast-Tracked Parade from the Center for Urban Pedagogy on Vimeo.