Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer and author. Her most recent book is We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City. Earlier works include: The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, the now classic The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way, and Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown. She is an international lecturer on urban development issues and former award-winning reporter for the New York Post.
Ms. Gratz was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2003. She resigned from the commission in 2010 and was appointed by the mayor to serve on the Sustainability Advisory Board for PlaNYC. In 2005, in collaboration with Jane Jacobs, Ms. Gratz and a small group of accomplished urbanists founded The Center For the Living City. Ms. Gratz’ articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Nation, Tikkun, Planning Magazine, New York Newsday, The Daily News, Planning Commissioners Journal and others.