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Continuing our special series opportunity in America my hometown with our own Charles paying.
He is in Harlem New York Charles -- a fascinating place and Robin and some of the stories ever needed they have been just really wonderful.
Well thanks thanks so much are really appreciate it I'm actually on a 120 -- This is the heart of Harlem USA now -- deputy New York City mayor Robert Lieber Bob can't tell us your visit for Harlem.
Although we want to do here in Harlem is really create the conditions to war economic opportunity.
All the people who live and work here today we've just completed a major -- owning of the area here which.
The rich history in the tradition of Harlem.
And positions it for future economic roles for all the folks who are here and you you look around and you know Harlem ism is really a brand name it's known worldwide.
You see a tremendous amount of cultural.
Opportunities and attractions here with the Apollo in the old victory theater and other is there a special role for a 120 mystery which are -- Yes 125 street -- the center of our re zoning plants although we want to create.
More cultural activities and more new businesses here for people who visit Harlem -- work in Harlem.
And have the opportunity to it to buy things here and participant telling the audience a little bit about the evolution of Harlem crime -- -- seems like to those schools are getting better.
A lot of families seem to be moving back at -- Harlem birdies in his evolution going.
Well a big part of our overall plan -- the Bloomberg administration is to try and create economic development with a fuse on the middle thanks first -- -- -- -- that.
Have safe streets and you know crime in Harlem in this areas down by more than 20% since we've been in office we also want to try and improve the schools.
So more people want to live here and educate their children -- we've seen test scores.
For third graders and eighth graders up 20% and terrible and more than 40% in math.
And -- creating those kinds of conditions we've seen population increase almost 10% that mentioned crime is down by over 20%.
And those are the kind of conditions that make it an attractive place for people to want to.
You know Bob we're right -- front of Martin won 25 which was a it was a -- I guess first street merchants and actually to have a place ago and so their wares is closed for awhile and it's become something of a -- contention within.
The black community if you will or that -- Detroit history community.
Tell us what the administration plans to do -- this building.
Well -- -- waves just been standing here we must have watched ten different tour buses drive down 120 this street.
You know we estimate over a 150 million dollars a year in economic activity from cultural events.
We want to have places for people who can common they can stay in the can get off that bus and enjoy the cultural activities which exist here in Harlem so.
-- 125 that we have here is going to be at a visitor center and we also want to have.
Other cultural activities that take place on the second lawyer so people will get off the bus if you will they will they will stop.
They will stay there will spend their money and we're gonna have a lot more economic activity do you have any examples is -- -- cultural activities that that you.
-- well we look at we want our you know reenergize what's taken place at the victory -- the Apollo -- -- to the side of us here.
We want more activity I mean this is but the birth develop the Gerald and Duke Ellington.
You know we want -- leverage that kind of opportunity more so there's more economic prosperity.
And more opportunity for.
To enliven the streets and that's part of what we've tried to do with the resulting it's -- concentrate growth and create the conditions for the private sector to command.
And to create more of those opportunities.
For a lot of people to success has been bittersweet.
A lot of folks who -- her -- worst parts of the times.
They can't afford to be here now in some elective being pushed out of these incredible.
Economic opportunities -- are -- any special plans.
The somehow get local entrepreneurs involved well they're two components of that -- part of that's a good news bad news property values here are up.
And up significantly where they were ten years ago it's a safe place for people it's a great place to educate their kids that drives the value of property up but we also recognize that it's important for the people who live here to have places that they can live so we have the one of the most aggressive.
Affordable housing programs.
That we haven't any part of the city right here -- 120 this street it was a key component.
Of our re zoning plan here and for the small businesses here we want to make sure that businesses have the opportunity to prosper we have an aggressive job training.
Program and relocation program sold in business assistance so small business owners can still locate here they can still operate the businesses here.
Even if the business is a little different than what they are today.
Bob you know recently in Paris they pass the laws for the -- Jose that you know what let's cut back on the mcdonalds and gap stores and -- -- -- -- Does the administration doing anything to sort of ensure that this particular -- is -- one day does nothing but a whole string of fast food joints.
Well what we want to do is -- you know hallmark or trying to do with this city is open for business and -- -- -- -- we want to welcome any company that wants to -- the New York City here.
But we also want to respect the small businesses that exist here on -- 120 mystery today and that's a part of what we're doing with our.
Administration group here is to create those kinds of job training and workforce training skills so that small businesses can still operate here.
We don't mess that we don't wanna see this turn into all chain retail lot of hundred pointless because I guess he sort of get that when you go to Times Square these days it's I mean let's and it's nice.
But has that Disney bill it's sort of lost its New York City -- this is not going to be times square north.
This is Harlem and we have to respect the history in the tradition.
-- parliament particularly around its cultural and and flavor here and that's what we -- try and leverage as we go Forward -- not just make it anywhere else USA.
OK Bob we.
Her deputy mayor in New York -- -- really appreciate it I don't know if you do music but that's exciting I -- it's a vibrant exciting.
It's a great place to be today.
A beautiful day job -- really only way.
Much has it changed for you there just real fast he -- tell me how different is it now -- when you were a kid.
Energy level ironically enough was down a little bit but remember in his seventies that was the Arab the boom box everyone had a yeah yeah.
Accountability auto what however -- changed.
It's obviously a lot more integrated now I mean I've seen every nationality the world walk past in the last hours ago.
It's has its vibrancy but I do worry a little bit that it might lose its culture I'm glad that Bob -- to deputy mayor here.
This sort of thing that's a concern of the city as well talent and kid that Allan thank you Charles and actually element of that thing -- great well thank you Charles -- yeah town I can't bring any American union with the boom box in the big --
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