|Rezoning Harlem: The Battle over Harlem's Future|
|Shows how policy affects gentrification, resulting in homogenous neighborhoods devoid of character.|
Rezoning Harlem: The Battle over Harlem's Future (Natasha Florentino and Tamara Gubernoto, United States, 2008; 40 min.) Follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail. A shocking exposé of how a group of ordinary citizens, passionate about the future of their treasured community, are systematically shut out of the city’s decision-making process, revealing New York City’s broken public review system. This film provides a behind the scenes view of how policy affects gentrification, resulting in homogenous neighborhoods devoid of character.
Watch the trailer here.