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Harlem’s 125th Street

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Alright, I admit it, it was the picture that caught my eye. Love those streetcars. Note also the complete absence of overhead wires – both for the trams and also no hydro or telephone cables either.

Last year 125th Street was named by the American Planning Association among its list of 10 great streets across America. The judges commented on the street’s ability to “maintain a strong identity through periods of tremendous population growth and infrastructural strain”.

So is it any surprise that this year the City of New York wants to rezone it? The Guardian takes a (rather brief) look at a classic battle developing between developers and locals

Groups set up to fight the rezoning proposals liken the changes looming over the area to ethnic cleansing

Written by Stephen Rees

March 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Urban Planning

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