Postcard: Harlem

An ambitious redevelopment plan has residents and city planners feuding over what constitutes progress. Debating the historic district's next renaissance

Kenneth Dickerman for TIME

Harlem's Apollo Theater would have new neighbors on a revamped 125th Street.

His record store is failing, and Sikhulu Shange could plausibly assign blame to any number of culprits. Vendors hawk bootlegged CDs on sidewalk tables outside the Record Shack, which he has run for 36 years on Harlem's 125th Street. Websites offering pirated MP3s cut into his profits. And his landlord has been trying to evict him for more than a year. But Shange, 66, reserves his deepest anger for a new city plan that he believes will strip Harlem of its soul. "Working people are getting packaged to get dumped in the sewer," he says. "If the change takes place, it...

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