East Harlem, Manhattan

Community Design Workshop in East Harlem Aims for Urban TOD Without Gentrification

Robust participatory planning is necessary to ensure that urban TOD benefits the communities within which it is located and does not result in gentrification. RPA managed an exemplary project with the East Harlem community to design and implement a strategy to maximize the benefits of the planned Second Avenue Subway for local residents and businesses. To ensure that the East Harlem neighborhood fully benefits from this new service, the community needs to cooperatively develop 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 resulted in proposals for both station facility design and private development along the planned subway route. From 2003 through 2005, RPA and Community Board 11 convened a working group to promote the concepts developed at that workshop focused on creating 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 a streetscape design strategy and implementation plan for the corridor.

East Harlem Second Avenue Corridor Streetscape Framework (PDF 1.2MB)
East Harlem Community Design Workshop (PDF 1.1MB)