New Settlement Jack Doyle was honored by the New York Times as the “Mayor of Renewal” in their article The Real Mayors of New York.
“Part of our role is to serve as a catalyst for change and transformation,” Mr. Doyle explained.
He also brokered a collaborative agreement with the city to build a community center on the former site of a live-poultry business, a tire-repair business, a parking lot and a rubble-strewed lot. The building, which opened last year, includes two public schools that will eventually grow to cover prekindergarten to 12th grade; a special education unit; a swimming pool; a dance studio; an educational green roof; and other features. Its modern, colorful, light-soaked aesthetic inverts the dreary conventions of public school design.