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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Weds: Hearing on Columbia's Harlem Land Grab

The people of Harlem need the support of residents, not-for-profit groups, civic and ecumenical leaders to speak out against Columbia's land grab and the fabrication of "community support" that will be seen at the hearing (much like last August's rigged "Atlantic Yards" Draft Environmental Impact Statement hearing). We encourage Brookynites facing the similar Atlantic Yards land grab to attend the hearing. The dots from Brooklyn to West Harlem are easily connected.

The following (except for our footnote) is from the Harlm Tenants Council:

West Harlem, Central Harlem, East Harlem & Northern Manhattan
Your testimony is needed to Stop Columbia University's 35 acres land grab in West Harlem)

Community Board #9 Public Hearing on
"Columbia University's application to rezone 35 acres of West Harlem"
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
6:30 PM
Manhattanville Community Center
530 West 133rd Street (Between Broadway & Amsterdam)

Community Board 9 Manhattan is holding a public hearing prior to their vote on Columbia University's application to rezone 35 acres of West Harlem as a preliminary step to a $7 billion thirty-year expansion which seeks to forcibly remove longtime residents and businesses (some through the use of eminent domain), build a 7-story underground "bathtub" basement in a seismic and flood zone, demolish historic buildings, and build a biohazard level 3 laboratory in an area with sorely taxed infrastructure and environment. Most important, this plan will obliterate one of the most economically and racially diverse neighborhoods in New York City.

Harlem's political highroller Bill Lynch who also doubles as one of the Vice Chairs of the National Democratic Committee was hired by Columbia University, the City's third largest landlord, at the tune of $40,000 a month to build Black community support for this land grab expansion. Lynch is expected to parade his "coalition" of community supporters for Columbia University at the Wednesday, August 15th public Hearing. Already, former Mayor David Dinkins (now teaching at Columbia along with Lt. Governor David Paterson) and New York State NAACP's* head Hazel Dukes have publicly supported the expansion plan. However, these same voices are conveniently silent about the displacement and forcing out of local Black businesses and low income tenants throughout Harlem, and in particularly Central Harlem.

(* Note fron DDDB: The NAACP has thrown its support behind Columbia's use of eminent domain for private "economic development". This is in stark contrast to the NAACP's stance against eminent domain for private "economic development" which it highlighted in the amicus brief it submitted on behalf of Susette Kelo in the landmark Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court case in 2005.)

Please come early and sign up to speak (3 minutes maximum) about how this kind of university expansion destroys neighborhoods across the city.

The hearing starts at 6:30 pm but Columbia is expected to pack the place early, so come by 5:30 or 6:00.

For more information contact Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council at 212-234-5005 or harlemtenants@aol.com. Pick up literature and get more information by attending the Townhall meeting of the Harlem Tenants Council on Tuesday, August 14th (tonight) at St. Ambrose Church, 9 West 130th Street (between Fifth and Lenox Avenues) from 6 PM to 8 PM. Visit the website of stopcolumbia.org for additional information you might want to review.

Posted: 8.14.07
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