POWER IN PLACE
Urban Strategy | Community Planing | Mapping |
Mott Haven and Port Morris, Bronx. NY
South Bronx Unite
Design Trust for Public Spaces
Fellows: Monxo Lopez - Lizania Cruz - Isabel Saffon
2018 - In course
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Building on the deep legacy of community organizing roots in the South Bronx we are working on a mapping project informs the future of the South Bronx Community Land Trust
The South Bronx is home to a diverse community of committed residents, activists, artists and thinkers with exceptional resourcefulness and ingenuity who sustained the area through decades of environmental injustice and economic neglect.
The industrial waterfront community of Mott Haven-Port Morris in the South Bronx faces asthma rates eight times the national average. 38% of the area’s residents and 49% of its children live in poverty, with an average median income of $19,454 – the lowest in the state – and an unemployment rate more than three times the national rate.
Now a wave of real estate speculation, including 12 market rate rentals and six hotels, aims to bring thousands of luxury residential units to Mott Haven-Port Morris.
South Bronx Unite and Design Trust for Public Space will explore the potential of the Community Land Trust as a model for equitable public space in Mott Haven-Port Morris.
A Community Land Trust (“CLT”) is a nonprofit, community-based and -managed organization model that acquires and holds land in perpetuity to preserve long-term availability and affordability of housing as well as cultural, social, artistic, health, and educational venues.
Power in Place will make the case for community-prioritized use of land by creating a community-driven plan, map, and communication toolkit to achieve community-desired outcomes.