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Peterson Rich Office and Regional Plan Association return with design recommendations for improving NYCHA properties

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary design studio Peterson Rich Office (PRO) and nonprofit civic organization the Regional Plan Association (RPA) have released a new 18-page report detailing design strategies and scalable solutions meant to boost the well-being of the roughly 600,000 New Yorkers living in deteriorating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)-owned and -operated developments. In total, NYCHA, the largest housing authority in the United States, acts as landlord for roughly 8 percent of all New Yorkers.

PRO was selected by the RPA to lead research and design work for the report last June as part of the organization’s inaugural J.M Kaplan Chairs for Urban Design fellowship, which expressly focuses on generating new and innovative design solutions that could be implemented at critically underfunded public housing campuses across all five boroughs. As envisioned in the initiative, funds to implement such strategies would come from a mix of (dwindling) federal, state, and local sources

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What Happens If People Don’t Return To The Office?

On Monday, it was reported that JPMorgan requested that its traders, bankers, brokers, research analysts and other professionals return to their offices by Sept. 21, after six long months of working from home. 

Executives asserted that it’s essential to have people return to the office, as it builds camaraderie and an esprit de corps. They claim that face-to-face conversations and in-person meetings are deemed mission-critical for professionals, such as traders, bankers, brokers, compliance, human resources and other personnel, to do their jobs, share key information, engage in important daily discussions and feed off one another. Young employees, according to JPMorgan, require mentors, guidance and direction. The synergy is diminished when its people are disconnected from one another. 

Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods—an investment bank that focuses on banks—that he noticed “productivity slipped” during the work-from-home time period and “work output

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Students return to Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. campus after $111 million renovation to overhaul neglected school

For the first time in three years, Hartford students once again walked the halls of the century-old school building on the hill overlooking Keney Park.



Martin Luther King, Jr. standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the cafeteria space of the newly renovated building for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Breakthrough Magnet School-North in the Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford's North End on Sept. 4.


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A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the cafeteria space of the newly renovated building for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Breakthrough Magnet School-North in the Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford’s North End on Sept. 4.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School campus quietly reopened Wednesday, the completion of its $111 million renovation perhaps overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a ransomware attack that delayed the start of Hartford’s school year by one day.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned at a later date to allow the Hartford community to celebrate the revival of the Collegiate Gothic building and its history as a neighborhood hub at the intersection of Blue Hills and the

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