In May 2010, CIVITAS and Manhattan Community Board 11’s zoning committee organized a tour of East Harlem blocks that were rezoned in 2003. This multi-year, community-led effort encompassed East 99th to 122 Streets, Third Avenue to Pleasant Avenue.
The tour was led by land use planner Richard Bass, who volunteered his time to explain how the zoning resolution is interpreted in new construction. He also advised participants and community leaders on urban design concerns and details to address in future rezoning efforts. Conceived as an educational tool, the tour was videotaped and produced as a 7 minute film.