The Harlem Shuffle

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Boulevard

The Fields plan grew out of a study commissioned from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; it frankly favors corporate partnership and what appears to be the creation of housing capable of supporting downtown-scale rents. What's not clear is whether the plan is another instance of city-backed carpetbagging, or what, if anything, it provides for Harlem's old-timers or for those immigrants who have done so much to keep the place alive. "I don't know anything about it," cabbie Jean Christophe Diawara said last week as he stopped to return videotapes at a Senegalese-owned grocery store. "But I wouldn't expect to," he added with a shrug. "On the street, we're the last to hear."

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