Exploring Latino Placemaking in Washington Heights
You'll learn about:
- How an immigrant community addresses issues of environmental justice, gentrification and cultural tourism
- Immigrant business networks and an incubator for street vendors
- The history of immigration and immigrant placemaking, especially among Dominicans and Latinos from other nationalities.
- Issues related to high volumes of automobile and bus circulation in a dense urban environment.
Washington Heights is a classic ‘port of entry’ neighborhood that is becoming a social and political center for the fast-growing Latino community in New York. Traditionally working class, with pockets of poverty, Washington Heights faces issues of environmental justice, workforce development, and social integration. Today, like many immigrant communities, Washington Heights is facing the challenges of gentrification. Explore this neighborhood and how community, local economic development and planning organizations have addressed these issues. If you’re a theater fan, the neighborhood might sound familiar. It’s the setting for “In the Heights.”
, City of NYC Dept of City Planning
, New York
, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Confirmed SpeakerLeonardo Vazquez is a national award-winning urban planner who is Executive Director of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in Union, NJ; Senior Associate with Nishuane Group in Montclair, NJ; and Director of Creative Placemaking for New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. With two decades of experience in the field, he specializes in community development, local economic development, culturally competent placemaking and the role of arts and culture in urban planning. He is the co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities and author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals. He won the 2012 National Planning Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff from the American Planning Association.