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2021 Newsletter #10

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, SoHo's Public Realm, and Expanding Our Team

We hope that you enjoyed 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month! Did you know that the first Hispanic Heritage Week was celebrated in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson? By 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). The United States now celebrates HHM on September 15 - October 15 every year. The start date of HHM is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The 2018 census predicts that by 2060, there will be 111 million Hispanics in the United States. As an urban planning firm, we recognize the impact that all immigrant groups have had on US cities and urbanism overall. To celebrate, we encourage everyone to read Barrio America: How Latinos Saved the American City by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz. Sandoval-Strausz focuses on two barrios (neighborhoods) -- Chicago’s Little Village and Dallas’ Oak Cliff -- and highlights the social, cultural, and economic contributions that Latinos have made to these neighborhoods.


Since December 2020, Karp Strategies has had the pleasure of working on the SoHo Public Realm Vision Plan with the SoHo Broadway Initiative (SBI) in partnership with the SBI Public Realm Task Force, led by consulting partner Street Plans. After months of hard work and collaboration, the Public Realm Vision plan has been released and Little Prince Plaza is now open!

The Vision plan offers forward-looking ideas for the future of Broadway between Houston and Canal. The Vision plan offers forward-looking ideas for the future of Broadway between Houston and Canal, and we cannot wait to hear what you think. Little Prince Plaza, located on Prince Street between Broadway and Mercer Street, is a new plaza demonstration project in partnership with NYCDOT that will be open for all Saturdays in October (October 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th).

Photography credit- ©TuckerMitchell.

Check out more about this public space here. We hope to see you there!


Join us in celebrating Anya’s promotion to full-time Analyst! Anya got her start at Karp Strategies as a Coro Fellow and subsequently was brought on full-time as a Project Coordinator, a title she held until her recent promotion to Analyst.

Join us in celebrating Cheryl’s promotion to full-time Consultant! Cheryl joined Karp Strategies as a Graduate Analyst, subsequently advancing to an Analyst role, a position she held until her recent promotion to Consultant.


As Karp Strategies continues to grow, we seek passionate and community-driven professionals to join our dynamic team! Check out our open positions here, and apply now!

The following positions are open:


Our CEO, Rebecca Karp, will be joining the Urban Design Forum for a panel on the SoHo Broadways Public Realm Vision Plan on October 29, 2021, from 12 - 1:30 PM. For more details on the event, click here and register here!

Rebecca Karp and Andel Koester will be attending the American Clean Power Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition from October 13-15, 2021 at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport in Boston, Massachusetts. Check out the agenda here and register here. Reach out if you would like to meet with Rebecca and Andel in Boston.

Join the Regional Planning Association to learn more about the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) and Clean Path: NY's Newest Green Energy Projects on October 13, 2021, from 12 - 1 PM. Learn more about the event here and register here.

The New York Building Congress’s Construction Industry Breakfast will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Principals Ali Sutherland-Brown and Jeff Lee Romero are attending, and look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about the agenda here and register here!

Join ABNY TODAY from 6-8 PM for the Young Professionals 10th Anniversary Celebration at Dock 72 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learn more about the event and register here.

Registration has opened for the fifth and final Hindsight 2021: Re-Emergence Re-Imagined from November 4-5, 2021. Check out the agenda here and register here. Many Karp Strategies team members will be there, and we cannot wait to learn together.


Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Reach out to us at


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