The South Bronx is home to a diverse community of committed residents, activists, artists and thinkers with exceptional resourcefulness and ingenuity who sustained the area through decades of environmental injustice and economic neglect.
The industrial waterfront community of Mott Haven-Port Morris in the South Bronx faces asthma rates eight times the national average. 38% of the area’s residents and 49% of its children live in poverty, with an average median income of $19,454 – the lowest in the state – and an unemployment rate more than three times the national rate.
Now a wave of real estate speculation, including 12 market rate rentals and six hotels, aims to bring thousands of luxury residential units to Mott Haven-Port Morris.
Building on a deep legacy of community organizing roots, Power in Place will ensure that area residents and local organizations have a place to continue to live and work in the area; a voice in the planning process; a means to develop financial equity; and the tools to advocate for and initiate a healthy and sustainable development for their neighborhoods. South Bronx Unite and Design Trust for Public Space will explore the potential of the Community Land Trust as a model for equitable public space in Mott Haven-Port Morris.
A Community Land Trust (“CLT”) is a nonprofit, community-based and -managed organization model that acquires and holds land in perpetuity to preserve long-term availability and affordability of housing as well as cultural, social, artistic, health, and educational venues.
We identified our goals and needs, and issued a call for Fellows to lead the project.
We kicked off Power in Place with an open house and celebration of live music by local music education center UpBeat NYC.
We announced a team of Fellows with expertise in mapping, community planning, and participatory design.
Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 3:00 PM