Though the issues that concerned the panelists differed in the details, their call to action was the same: elected officials should consult with communities before making critical policy decisions.
A panel of South Bronx residents, advocates and business owners at a forum at Hostos Community College, said the city must take the area’s high rates of disease into account before allowing industries to relocate to Hunts Point and Port Morris.
Dozens of Hunts Point residents marched with nearly 400,000 demonstrators in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan, calling on world leaders to make drastic policy changes.
Over 60 residents and business owners from Hunts Point and Longwood joined a group of planners to tell federal officials and a panel of experts why investing in the waterfront would benefit the neighborhood and the city.
Sustainable South Bronx, Greenworker Cooperatives and the Bronx Council on Environmental Quality have joined the opposition to FreshDirect’s move to the Harlem River Yards.
Majora Carter, the noted South Bronx environmentalist, has been hired by FreshDirect to combat opposition to its relocation to Mott Haven.
Carter’s husband James Chase, the communications director for her consulting company The Majora Carter Group, confirmed that she has been under contract for the last two months to advocate on the on-line grocer’s behalf.