Urban Omnibus is the Architectural League’s online publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking. The Omnibus’s ever-growing collection of multi-media content explores projects and perspectives in architecture, art, policy, and activism – tried and tested in New York City – that offer new ways of understanding, representing and improving urban life and landscape worldwide. This week on Urban Omnibus:
Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: Hunts Point, Bronx
In the third of a series of profiles of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts (NOCDs) around the five boroughs, Joey de Jesus takes us on a tour of Hunts Point, Bronx, to explore the changes the neighborhood has undergone since his family moved from nearby Soundview in the late 1990s. What he finds is not just a burgeoning community of artists and open space advocates, but unique coalitions between environmental activism, youth engagement, and community development initiatives. The way local organizations coordinate campaigns and share resources and real estate provides a revealing case study of turning entrenched social and environmental challenges into opportunities for mobilizing a neighborhood’s pride of place. To read the whole feature on Urban Omnibus, click here.