Rezoning Harlem follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their neighbourhood and replace it with luxury housing and big-box retail. A shocking exposé of how a group of ordinary citizens are shut out of the city’s decision-making process.
This film is essential viewing for anyone concerned about Toronto’s own inner-city development and politics, or who feels the importance of affordable housing within a city’s core. Rezoning Harlem will be paired with an engaging panel discussion on the topic of revitalization, and community mobilization. The panel will be moderated by Regent Park resident, Jason Creed (Vice Chair of the Regent Park Film Festival) and will feature:
Natasha Florentino and Tamara Gubernat (Filmmakers of Rezoning Harlem)
Deany Peters (Community Health Worker, Regent Park Health Centre)
Diane Maclean (Resident and Administrative Coordinator, Parents for Better Beginnings)
and Mustafa Ahmed (Resident and youth poet)