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Harlem Summit Aims to Educate Residents on Preservation and Development

By Dartunorro Clark | April 25, 2017 12:21pm
"Harlem and the Future: Preserving Culture and Sustaining History in a Changing Environment" will be held on Saturday at City College.
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WEST HARLEM — What will Harlem look like in the future?

That question will be pondered by community advocates and residents at a summit planned Saturday by the West Harlem Preservation Organization at the City College of New York. 

“This is Harlem's first historic preservation conference that comes at a time of imminent change to the iconic neighborhood,” said the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1996.

The conference, titled "Harlem and the Future: Preserving Culture and Sustaining History in a Changing Environment," will include three panels, a keynote speech, three walking tours and a film screening on gentrification.

Considering the neighborhood’s changing demographics and new development, the conference will have panelists delve into three subject areas: The Cultural Heritage, which will evaluate Harlem’s history and "cultural brand"; The Built Environment, which will discuss development and architecture; and The Social Fabric, which will discuss preserving landmarks and improving the work of local churches.

Michael Henry Adams, a local historian, and Rev. Michael Walrond, pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, will be among the speakers.

The event will be held at City College’s School of Architecture, 140 Convent Ave. on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, which includes lunch and a walking tour. The event is free for students and seniors. Click here to reserve tickets.