Planned Shrinkage – 1960s

January 24, 1960

After years of “planned shrinkage” by the City of New York, the South Bronx is at its lowest point. The City of New York has cut subway service and left this part of the Bronx on their own. Over 300 businesses have left Melrose, along with over 10,000 jobs. Half of the population of Melrose leaves.

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The Bronx is Burning – Blackout

July 13, 1977

Fires were reaching epidemic proportions, with landlords burning building to collect insurance. Rampant drug and crime plagued the community. Families and businesses that remained, left to their own devises for protection and safety.

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Urban Renewal

October 24, 1992

Although no formal presentation had been made to them, the community became aware of the City’s urban renewal plan and knew that it would lead to displacement. At a public meeting, a number of community residents-homeowners, tenants and businesses— demanded that any new development slated for the area include them

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Nos Quedamos Formed

June 9, 1993

Nos Quedamos Formed

Yolanda Garcia founds We Stay/Nos Quedamos in order to resist large scale urban renewal plans that would displace thousands of residents of Melrose. Starting in February, meet-ings are held every Tuesday in the Nos Quedamos headquar-ters to inform the community and organize their response to the City Council.

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A Season of Change

January 1, 1994

The Melrose Renewal Plan is approved by City Council in 1994, as a combined effort of We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Depart-ment of City Planning, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of the Bronx Borough President, the Mayors Office, as well as Congressman Jose…

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Picking Up The Pace

October 24, 1994

We Stay/Nos Quedamos begins working towards its ground-breaking of Plaza de Los Angeles, the first affordable home-ownership development. Simoutaneously, working to deter-mine the various type of affordable housing development needed that would ultimately become the shining example of sustainable living in the South Bronx. We Stay/Nos Queda-mos also joins five other non-profits around New York…

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South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study

October 24, 2000

Concerned about the air pollution created by the high number of waste transfer facilities, and increasing diesel traffic volumes in the South Bronx , We Stay/Nos Quedamos came together to actively seek scientific evidence in support of their confrontation with environmental racism in the community. SBEHPS is a collabora-tive research project that involved the NYU…

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Plaza de Los Angeles is completed

October 24, 2001

Plaza de Los Angeles, the first of many developments coming out of the new urban renewal plan, is completed to great success. This opens the gateway for the new direction that Melrose Commons is taking.

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New Executive Director Named

August 24, 2005

With the passing of Yolanda Garcia, Nos Quedamos leadership is handed to her daughter, Yolanda Gonzalez.

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Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

October 24, 2007

We Stay/Nos Quedamoss, in partnership with the Municipal Arts Society of New York, create the Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award, which acknowledges the hard-working leaders of grassroots, community-based, participatory planning and embody the drive and passion as We Stay/Nos Quedamos’ founder, the late Yolanda Garcia.

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LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development

January 1, 2010

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Stage II Silver certification for Melrose Commons. This was awarded because the neighborhood based team was com-mitted to pedestrian-oriented mixed-use, mixed-income de-velopment, while maintaining open space and sustainable design from the beginning.

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Yolanda Garcia Way Named

February 24, 2011

To honor the time, energy and passion that Yolanda Garcia put into Nos Quedamos and rebuilding Melrose Commons, Third Avenue between 156th and 157th Streets has been renamed “Yolanda Garcia Way”. Standing as a testament to the sustainable building practices, and a commitment to commu-nity engagement, Yolanda Garcia Way memorializes the shin-ing light of the…

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Jessica Clemente Becomes the new Director

October 24, 2011

Raised in Millbrook Houses in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, Jessica was inspired to combat asthma and the host of environmental problems of the South Bronx. After going away for college, Jessica returned to the South Bronx as Manager of the South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study, where she

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Nos Quedamos Turns 25

July 21, 2018

Nos Quedamos Turns 25

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