Harlem: The Unmaking of a Cultural Mecca

Panel Discussion Thu 5 Jun 2003
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Is the cultural legacy of Harlem (a manifestation of human and creative capital) fatally compromised by current economic development practices? Has Harlem's creative engine been derailed? What is the state of African-American culture and arts in Harlem today? What happens to a community's cultural legacy when its guardians are no longer able to live and work there due to real estate speculation? Other than cultural tourism, are there meaningful partnerships that could yet be built between cultural and economic intermediaries to sustain the historical community?

Dorothy Desir, Project Director, Mapping the Terrain: Communities in Transition, with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

James Bernard, founder of The Source
Nicole Poindexter, Senior Policy Analyst and Director, Deputy Mayor's Office of Empowerment Zones
Allon Schoener, cultural historian, curator and author of Harlem on My Mind, 1900-1968
Warren Whitlock, Director of Construction Coordination, Columbia University