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Conflict and Cooperation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects: Lessons from the Port of New York City

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a multi-state and multi-jurisdictional body that operates and manages the development of one of the largest seaports in the world. Before the Port Authority was established a century ago, however, the Port of New York was governed not by a single body, but rather was planned, constructed, and operated within a twisting labyrinth of jurisdictional power and control over the land, water, and shipping industries. The result was that by the end of the First World War, administrative confusion and jurisdictional conflict had brought port development, and the shipping industry itself, to a virtual standstill. Seeking to end this gridlock, officials from across governments and jurisdictions began the process of creating the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, an institution that remains in place today.

On October 28, IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow Nick Lombardo will present on New York’s experience and draw lessons for how different levels of government can cooperate – or not – to provide large-scale infrastructure in cities today.

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Nick Lombardo is the 2019-2020 IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow. He holds a PhD from the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His current research project examines how municipal governments deal with federal infrastructure projects, with a focus on Toronto’s Pearson Airport and MacMillan railway yard in the post war and contemporary periods. Prior to his PhD, Nick worked as a researcher at the Martin Prosperity Institute on a range of urban and regional issues.


October 28
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance


Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Room 208N
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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