Published: April 1, 2007
Columbia University’s proposal for a $7 billion expansion of its campus on 17 acres in West Harlem has touched off fears that another wave of gentrification will wash over this low-scale neighborhood of tenements, brownstones, housing projects, warehouses and small businesses.
Rising rents are already forcing out some longtime residents. Local politicians and community groups fear that Columbia’s project will draw other developers to the surrounding area and displace even more people.
The proposal, which is just beginning to circulate and would be subject to a review process like Columbia’s plan, has gotten a favorable reception, at least initially, from supporters and critics of Columbia’s expansion plan.