Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 7, Part 1

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

This portion of the Oral History interview with Luis Garden Acosta mainly discusses gentrification in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He talks about the differences during the elate 70s and 80s when white artists moved into the neighborhood. Some worked at El Puente. Garden Acosta also discusses Real Estate speculators contributing to the gentrification in the neighborhood since it was "one bridge away from the gold coast- Manhattan". He mentions that El Puente made the decision to only hire people that lived in the community, and being adamant that El Puente is not about providing, but about bringing people together to come up with answer to help "ourselves". He talks about not having a salary during the first few years of El Puente, and shares the story about how he bought his house in Williamsburg, which is now valued substantially more than when he purchased it. He also talks about the new community moving into the area not having an interest in connecting with the indigenous community. El Puente's attempt to address this was to build a bridge between the two communities through a program called the Greenlight district. The Greenlight District has the vision of a ten year agenda to finish the transformation of community to one of the highest while also focusing on communities for environmental wellness. He identifies some of the goals for the program as: (creating) green space, environmental awareness and wellness, climate change awareness, and shrinking the carbon footprint of the community. He finishes by addressing the Community Service Society research report that claimed Williamsburg has the highest number of young poor children of color, largely due to subsidized housing, projects.


Date
May 15, 2015, Recording date
Creator
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewee
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewer
Gisely Colon Lopez
Duration
2h 3m 46.0s
Location of interview

El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LGA.2015.05.15.7.1
Related Keywords
Activism, Community, Environmental activism, Gentrification, Public housing, Socioeconomic status
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, Community Service Society
Related Places
Brooklyn (interview location), Williamsburg (is referenced)
Related Dates
1970s, Date mentioned
1980s, Date mentioned
Related Items
Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 7, Part 2
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 7, Part 1: LGA.2015.05.15.7.1. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 21 Oct 2019.
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