June 27, 2016
by Thomas Storck
For decades, the South Bronx has served as a dumping ground for highways, waste transfer stations and truck-intensive industry. Its residents breathe some of the worst air in the country, and yet the open space they need to mitigate their health problems is severely lacking, leaving communities feeling like they get nothing they do want, and everything they don’t. Working to close this dangerous gap in urban planning is the Haven Project, a transformative master plan developed by New York Restoration Project
(NYRP) to create a network of open spaces in Port Morris and Mott Haven in the South Bronx.
Building on 20 years of experience restoring parks in high-need communities, this is NYRP’s first neighborhood-scale effort. Using scientific evidence along with community input, the Haven Project team developed a plan geared specifically towards improving the community’s health and well-being by mitigating the disproportionate concentration of highways and industry with more open green space.