Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Change In Harlem

A recent article in the New York Times illustrates the fact that Harlem, once the center of the urban African American experience, has undergone a major population shift. You can read it HERE. New York City is nothing if not a city in constant transition. The change is usually glacial. It is often slow and, while it is not always readily perceivable, it has the power to intensely alter the landscape. Like a lot of change you can't help but feel a sense of melancholy that something irreplaceable and valuable has been lost forever.

Sugar Ray Robinson, Harlem, 1950. By George Carger, Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images

Harlem Today. Picture by Ozar Muhammad for The New York Times

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