Jane’s Walk NYC – Hyper Speculation Without Community Participation
Saturday, May 7, 2016
11:00 am – meet at 271 Alexander Ave (6 train to 3rd Avenue/138th Street)
Part of the 6th annual Jane’s Walk NYC, organized by the Municipal Art Society, this public walk will take participants through the neighborhood of Mott Haven-Port Morris in the South Bronx, the heart of one of the most important fights against environmental racism (causing 1 in 4 kids to have asthma) and, now, against unprecedented real estate speculation (with 11 market rate residential developments and 6 hotels being given permits within the last year to begin construction.) Participants will walk through the community’s historic districts, commercial strips and contentious waterfront zone and learn about rich local arts and artists, community land trust initiatives, locally-designed waterfront plans and city policies that have disproportionately saturated the zone with fossil fuel power plants, waste transfer stations and diesel trucking operations, including FreshDirect. Participants will also travel the path of proposed market rate residential towers (where, to live there, would require a salary nearly seven times the local average median income), and they will learn about the community’s efforts at confronting hyper real estate speculation that threatens mass displacement.