Making Midtown: A New Vision for a 21st Century Garment District in New York City

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Andrew Bernheimer, Urban Design Fellow
Colin Cathcart, Urban Design Fellow
Jerome Chou, Design Trust Director of Programs
Kei Hayashi, Policy Fellow
Rob Lane, Urban Design Fellow



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Publication Data

Date: October 2012
Size: 9 x 12"
Pages: 56
Binding: Perfect
ISBN: 978-0-9777175-7-6
Print run: 1,500
Printed and bound in the USA by Print Craft, Inc.

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Making Midtown: A Vision for a 21st Century Garment Distric in New York City provides a roadmap for revitalizing the Garment District with fashion design and manufacturing at its core. The recommendations outlined in this publication also establish a model for New York and other cities to create a new kind of urban creative district – one that leverages, rather than replaces, a given neighborhood's existing resources to create real estate value, support jobs, and capture a distinct neighborhood identity and character.

This publication synthesizes more than three years of work which documented the Garment District's built environment, real estate dynamics, and fashion industry activities: engaged scores of Garment District stakeholders to identify priorities and build consensus around shared goals; and developed a new model for integrating manufacturing into a densely developed, mixed-use creative district.

The team of Design Trust Project Fellows - including architects, urban designers and economic development consultants - developed the final recommendations in three key areas:

1. Promote locally designed and produced clothes
2. Improve the Garment District's public realm
3. Sustain a diverse mix of uses in the District, including garment district manufacturing

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Table of Contents

About the Project

I. Making the Garment District

II. Why the Garment District Matters

III. Creating a 21st Century Garment District


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