Affordable Housing and Revitalizing Melrose

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The recent history of the South Bronx (Melrose) from the 1970s through the present day

  • Public-private partnerships and housing development in New York 

  • Brownfield redevelopment and sustainability in affordable housing.  

Take an Uptown train to the now-thriving Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, devastated by New York’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s. The tour will focus on how developing affordable housing helped revitalize the neighborhood, which saw most of its original housing stock damaged by arson during the fiscal crisis and eventually razed by the city. (By the 1980s the neighborhood had decayed severely, and vacant buildings and tracts of rubble-strewn parcels had become commonplace.) The mid-1990s saw the start of efforts by the city and others to redevelop properties, and today the Melrose neighborhood provides a powerful example of community revitalization. Led by planners, developers and environmental professionals familiar with Melrose, this tour will stop at the sites of several large mixed-use affordable housing developments and include a discussion of each. 


Patrick Blanchfield , AICP , New York , NY (see bio)
Cara Mcateer , Brooklyn , NY
Ted Weinstein , NYC Dept of Housing Preservation & Development , New York , NY