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The mission of CIVITAS is to foster and mobilize civic concern and coordinate stakeholders in the community of Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem. To that end, CIVITAS seeks to promote, preserve and protect residential neighborhoods that are lively and livable. Among the principal areas of concern are: public policy zoning and statements presented at public meetings; infrastructure through waste management, improved public transportation and clean air; the environment, sustainable design, and neighborhood greening initiatives. CIVITAS works through a three-tiered approach to helping the communities through: activism, education and outreach, and technical assistance and research.
We are a union of citizens dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life in the Upper East Side and East Harlem since 1981.
CIVITAS promotes urban planning, zoning and land use policies that are sensible and sensitive to residential life in our neighborhoods.
CIVITAS supports environmentally sound development, vibrant retail activity at street level, uncluttered sidewalks and access to good public transit.
CIVITAS opposes overbearing towers that are non-contextual and cut off light and air from surrounding buildings and the sidewalk below.
CIVITAS commissions urban planning studies, speaks out at public hearings, issues reports and keeps its members informed on current issues impacting on urban life, including traffic congestion, historic preservation, zoning variances, water quality and public access to parks and the waterfront.
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