East Harlem Community Link Initiative

RPA has been working with the East Harlem community to design and
implement a strategy to maximize the benefits of the planned Second
Avenue Subway for community residents and businesses. To insure that
East Harlem fully benefits from this new service, the community needs
both to be involved in planning for the project and to forge economic
development, housing and environmental strategies that takes advantage
of new links to the regional economy. In 2002, RPA completed a needs
assessment and technical analysis and organized a Community Design
Workshop that developed proposals for station design and development
along the planned subway route. From 2003 and 2005, RPA and Community
Board 11 convened a working group which followed up on the vision of
the design workshop and promoted a mixed-use corridor along Second
Avenue that will support community goals for neighborhood economic
development, affordable housing and quality of life improvements. The
East Harlem Second Avenue Corridor Working Group charged RPA with
defining a framework for community economic revitalization through
streetscaping of the corridor. The framework identifies the importance
of streetscaping and outlines recommendations and next steps for

* East Harlem Second Avenue Corridor Streetscape Framework (1.2 mb)pdf
* East Harlem Community Design Workshop (1.1 mb) pdf