Recalibrating Queens ( is a digital history and activist scholarship project focused on publicly excavating and exploring the past century of development and change in western Queens. It’s centerpiece will be a series of interactive, web-based maps that draws on statistical, spatial, and archival data and research to illustrate changes (in housing, population, business, and zoning) and contestation around development decisions over time. This project is a direct response to the recent and rapid changes, intensifying development pressures, and swelling community organizing in the region. And its goal is is to destabilize mainstream understanding and expectations around land use, development and progress, and provide another counterpoint for understanding contestations around development while illuminating alternative pathways forward. In short, Recalibrating Queens aims to re-examine the past, re-situate the present, and re-imagine the future.

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