In our utopia, cultural and economic diversity–a primary feature of NOCDs–is recognized as an underlying strength of New York City. Cultural expression is acknowledged as integral to individual, family and community well-being. Community-based assets are recognized for the value they add to neighborhoods and to the economic sustainability, civic participation, and diverse social fabric of the city as a whole. Local leadership is valued, with community members, including artists and cultural leaders, as active participants in decision-making.
New York has many nascent creative economies and cultural districts. It is our vision that these assets are nurtured to grow in ways that transform our city, strengthening local economies, creating jobs, building locally sustainable and diverse communities and enriching the quality of our lives. When fully realized, we witness a city comprised of equitable, sustainable and culturally rich communities for all residents, which are both distinct and connected.