Rezoning Impacts on Gentrification and Displacement
You'll learn about:
the gentrification and displacement impacts of an upzoning and lack of tenant protections,
incentives and various methods landlords use to harass and evict tenants both legally and illegally and discuss what preventative measures might be needed
the role of community development corporations (CDCs) in preserving affordability and supporting diverse neighborhood
Depart from Javits Center by subway to Brooklyn for a walking tour of the Gowanus/Lower Park Slope area to discuss the impact of the 2003 North Park Slope Rezoning, particularly 4th Avenue, on housing and the socioeconomic character of the neighborhood, led by the Fifth Avenue Committee's Executive Director and Commissioner of the NYC City Planning Commission, Michelle de la Uz. What was the impact of the planning process and upzoning in this neighborhood? What lessons can we learn for future neighborhoods undergoing displacement and change? The Fifth Avenue Committee is a non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to advance social and economic justice principally by developing and managing affordable housing and community facilities, creating economic opportunities, ensuring access to economic security organizing residents and workers, providing student-centered adult education, and combating displacement caused by gentrification. Participants will learn the gentrification and displacement impacts of a rezoning' discuss lessons learned from lack of tenant protections and loopholes in the rent stabilization system and needed preventative measures; learn about the role of community development corporations (CDCs) in preserving affordability and supporting diverse neighborhoods
Michelle de la Uz
, Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
Invited SpeakerExecutive Director Bio Michelle de la Uz became Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) in January 2004, after serving as Co-Chair on FAC’s Board of Directors. She has over twenty five years of experience in public and community service. Michelle oversees the organization’s mission and comprehensive programs serving more than 5,500 low- and moderate-income people; a budget of nearly $6 million and several non-housing affiliate corporations with annual budgets of over $5 million, real estate assets over $100 million, and a housing development pipeline of over 850 units, representing more than $350 million in total development costs. Prior to FAC, she was Program Director for the Center for Urban Community Services in Washington Heights and Harlem and oversaw social services in supportive housing for 400 low-income tenants with special needs. From 1995-99, Michelle was Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’ first Director of Constituent Services and directed her South Brooklyn District Office. She was active in advancing transportation, environmental justice, immigration reform, and employment policy initiatives. Michelle is the first in her working-class immigrant family to graduate from college, is a product of bi-lingual education, a former trustee of Connecticut College, and recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award. Michelle serves on the National Board of Directors of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, among many others. Additionally, Michelle was appointed in April of 2012 by then-Public Advocate, now Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio to serve on the New York City Planning Commission. Michelle is an alumna of Connecticut College, Columbia University and of Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.