Zoning and Displacement: The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Rezoning

Janes WalkIn Person


Led By Gregory Baggett, Founder, A. Philip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance

This walk is a story about progress. It’s a story about the ideas surrounding growth and diversification in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood against the backdrop of behavior that led to the displacement of the indigenous people of that neighborhood. This walk is also a story about how the ideology of revitalization was used to reconcile ideas that were out of sync with behavior: a story about a rezoning plan along a single largely uninhabited avenue that brought about change along the streets; a story about how a rezoning promoted not by predatory developers and greedy outsiders, but, instead, a rezoning that was conceived and marketed by Harlem’s grassroots establishment who ended up serving the interests of the few while putting the interests of the many in harm’s way to revitalize a critical commercial corridor.

It's pretty active experience. We walk along the streets and avenues of Central Harlem South from 110th Street to 122th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The A, C, 2, and 3 trains available at 110th Street and the A, C, D, and B trains are available at 125th Street. The route is accessible to wheelchairs and there are CitiBike stations along the route.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
1:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, History & Culture
Language: English
Subway bridge at 125th Street in Harlem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Андрей Бобровский. Modifications: photo cropped.