Rezoning Impacts on Gentrification and Displacement

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
- Mobile Workshop - Walking
- Mobile Workshop - Public Transportation
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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. , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)