The southern half of East Harlem is being closed off to its own residents. They are being “up-zoned” right out of their own neighborhood. Working class Latinos will not be able to live south of 104th street…because East Harlem is being gentrified.
Here is one example of that planned gentrification. It is called East River Plaza:
Built on top of a Home Depot, the East River Plaza mega-project will have three towers: 47, 41 and 32 stories tall, with respective heights of 575, 515 and 455 feet.
The towers will create 1,100 apartments and import thousands of people into El Barrio. The builders claim that a few “affordable” apartments will be made available to neighborhood residents…after numerous apartment buildings are seized via eminent domain, and destroyed to make way for the project.
It is thus unclear how much new housing – if any – will actually be created for the residents of El Barrio.
The local response to this mega-project has been, at best, suspicious. Many residents are strenuously opposing it.
A consortium of community groups – El Barrio Unite – has held massive opposition rallies, City Hall press conferences, and has its own web site
Here is a video of Roger Hernandez Moyet, one of the leaders of El Barrio Unite, leading a City Hall demonstration in regard to the zoning, up-zoning, and gentrification of El Barrio.
Clearly, the people of El Barrio are aware of what is happening around them. They are unwilling to be duped, deceived, and displaced from their own homes.
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