Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tearing Down Walls

As the Chairman of Community Board Nine I worked for 12 months to bridge the differences between Columbia and the larger West Harlem Community. I failed. Time and space does not permit nor is it necessary to place blame. The fact remains that the Manhattanville Project is a metaphor for the future of New York. How do you reconcile the relentless development of the island of Manhattan, that spans some 400 years -which is as much a part of New York life as Lady Liberty standing in the harbor welcoming the economic, social and political refugees of the world- with the rights of indigenous neighborhoods and people to remain on this special place. I have no answers. I only know that the Harlem that I love, is and will be transformed. But into what, is in the hands of Columbia and the people.

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