Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

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Public Access Design

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Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Bottled Up

City Studies

Bottled Up

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Print Bottled Up

People all over New York City are pushing shopping carts full of bottles, but why? Where are they going with all those cans?

In the Fall of 2015, CUP collaborated with teaching artist Leon Anthony James and Sean Haberman’s Global History Regents Prep class at the Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick, Brooklyn to find out more about the New York State Returnable Container Act, a.k.a. the Bottle Bill. This law was created to reduce litter and to encourage recycling, but how does it impace our communities?

To investigate, students created screenplays about the people known as “canners” who redeem 5 cents per bottle collected, then interviewed the co-founder and former canner of the Bushwick recycling center Sure We Can. They created this printed postcard to share what they discovered about the life of a bottle in their neighborhood.

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Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Housing Court Help

Public Access Design

Housing Court Help

What Up With DAT?

Technical Assistance

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Air it Out

City Studies

Air it Out