The Politics of Preservation Locally In Harlem

12rhoden.xlarge1We have to have more historic landmarks in Harlem. That’s why the NYC Landmarks Law that establishes a system for the designation, protection, and preservation of the city’s most important architectural and historic properties in crucial.

The law is implemented by the Landmarks Commission, which is mandated to work with the City Council in carrying out its mission of designating new landmarks. Its work is also impacted by various individuals and groups that have a direct stake in the process: property owners and developers, advocacy groups representing a wide spectrum of beliefs and positions, architects, media outlets, and government agencies. Out of necessity, the political process plays a part in all these interactions. This panel will explore the broad issues that bring the political process to bear on the operations and execution of the Landmarks Law.

This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.

Photo the Renaissance Casino at 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, a busy place in 1936, left, but abandoned now.

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