Critics of the plan suspect that the city will not just tinker with details to improve residents’ lives, but will rezone the area in a way that will lead to mass displacement of current residents. The city says that’s not so.
South Bronx residents confronted city officials at an open house in East Tremont last Thursday, over the proposed rezoning of a large swath of Southern Boulevard between Longwood and Crotona Park.
Some dozen protesters rallied outside a closed-door meeting in Longwood, suspicious that officials are planning to rezone a huge chunk of the South Bronx without public input. The planning department and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca say it isn’t so.
City planners got an icy reception from South Bronx residents at a public forum to exchange ideas for developing a stretch of Southern Boulevard between northern Longwood and Crotona Park.
Advocacy group Take Back the Bronx will settle down in Longwood, where it will continue advocating for residents against bad landlords and police brutality, while also offering yoga and martial arts classes.
Hundreds took to the streets of Hunts Point and Longwood on July 15 to speak out against a Florida jury’s decision to acquit watchman George Zimmerman of charges he murdered Trayvon Martin in cold blood.