2018 Champion City

New Rochelle, NY : 2018 Winner

Imagining—and then Building—a Better City

  • 79,557

  • Noam Bramson

  • Council Manager

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Urban Revitalization

    Issue Area

The Problem

Private developers too often steer plans for new development because cities and their public stakeholders lack advanced tools to help them efficiently envision and evaluate their options.

The Idea

The City of New Rochelle will improve development projects by using virtual reality technology to clearly present plans for new buildings and public spaces to residents.

What Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, NY is saying:

The Mayors Challenge has inspired our entire team to be more creative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative. Our community will benefit enormously, not only from interactive tools that will help shape the most ambitious growth in our history, but also from the spirit of service and commitment to excellence that has been the hallmark of our interactions with Bloomberg Philanthropies.


Our Prototyping Journey