Sustainable South Bronx Reimagining a Neighborhood

 As a neighborhood, the South Bronx has struggled for nearly three decades under  the negative connotations of its name as a flash point for violent crime,  drugs, and unchecked urban decay. For many of those who live there, life is  bounded on all sides by pollution and poverty.  

 Despite the South Bronx’s fearsome reputation—or perhaps because of it—lifelong South Bronx resident Majora Carter decided to take action and do what  she could to help repair her neighborhood’s image and make it a safer, healthier place to call home. In 2001, Carter  created Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), an environmental justice solutions  organization addressing land-use, energy, transportation, water & waste policy, and education to advance the environmental and economic rebirth  of the South Bronx, and inspire solutions in areas like it across the nation  and around the world.  

 Starting Out

 “When she started this in 2001, she really started it with the mindset that the  area needed to be an organization that did stuff from the ground floor,” says current SSBx Executive Director Miquela Craytor. “People would point to the South Bronx when discussing examples of urban flight  as an example of what we don’t want to happen, and she grew frustrated with that. There wasn’t much energy being placed on what should happen and she set out to do that.”  

 The mandate from the beginning of the organization was to be proactive in the  community and offering counter solutions to standard practice of development.  

 “They were alternative solutions provided for jobs, green space, healthy  environments for the kids,” Craytor says. “It’s always been about looking for solutions to urban problems, solutions through  economically, sustainable, viable projects.”  


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  • for fifty years bronx has been a rotten place. the govenment stepped in and rebuilt burned down bronx. still bronx remains a dispicable example of what not to do. bronx is a welfare state in need of full on martial law. the rhetoric of twisted do gooders is on display in bronx.. bronx is an on-going hemoraging example of speical intrests demanding public funds to sustain unsuportable incouragable people. but what if.???? strong dracnonian measures expidite sucees.