Housing Not Warehousing ~ Vacant Property Tour ~ Field Day 2017
In our current political climate, what better way to bring people and communities together than a celebration of neighborhoods – showcasing arts, culture and community. The Laundromat Project Field Day 2017 is an annual three day event across three different neighborhoods – Hunts Point/Longwood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Harlem.
Specific to East Harlem, the event will take place on September 30th in Marcus Garvey Park (enter on West 120th Street). Banner Making begins at 2:30pm, and the Tour starts at 3:00 pm.
Organized by The Laundromat Project, Housing Not Warehousing: A Neighborhood Walk will be lead by Picture the Homeless and the Rude Metal Orchestra.
“The walk will focus on the role of vacant property in East Harlem, past and present, and highlight the neighborhood’s rich and impactful history of housing organizing. Whether through urban renewal programs that were never completed, or through the warehousing of vacant buildings by private landlords and speculators, the tour will highlight the ways in which big real estate, elected officials, and urban planners have been “banking on vacancy” in East Harlem for decades.”
“Each stop along the tour will be feature a special performance. This tour is for anyone who wants to see what visionary, community-led urban planning can look like in the city of New York–and who wants to be a part of a fun and dynamic, arts-based visioning process to open the channels and reimagine what is possible on New York City’s vacant lots!”
About the Partner:
Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization, founded and led by homeless people. We are organizing for social justice on issues like housing, and police brutality.