Harlem residents protest planned AIDS center

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January 25 2006 12:00 AM ET

A planned
14,000-square-foot AIDS center slated to open in April in
the Harlem district of New York City is drawing fire
from area residents who say it is going to harm
revitalization efforts, boost crime rates, and have an
adverse effect on area businesses, T
he New York Times reports. The center, to be
located at 116th Street between Lexington and Third avenues,
would serve about 150 HIV-positive clients. But some
Harlem residents worry that many of those clients will
be injection-drug users, which could bring an unwanted
element into a neighborhood that has been the focus of
revitalization efforts.

"This will set us
back 30 years," Henry Calderon, president of the East
Harlem Chamber of Commerce, told the Times. Calderon
is not alone in his opposition to the center:
Community Board 11, a local advisory body, has passed a
resolution opposing the center, and state assemblyman Adam
Clayton Powell IV says that while he supports the
center's mission, he does not agree with its planned
location.

Supporters of the
center say that it is vital that it be located in the
heart of the city’s African-American community as
studies have shown blacks to be disproportionately
affected by HIV. City research also shows the
neighborhood where the clinic is set to open has the
second-highest HIV infection rate in New York City,
second only to the Chelsea section of the city that is
home to a large gay male population. (Advocate.com)

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