125 Franco's Blvd.

About This Episode


When a community is in the process of development and gentrification, what happens to the art and culture that represents the people of that community? With colorful strokes, Franco the Great has been painting murals on the storefront roll-down gates (riot gates) on 125th Street in Harlem for 40 years. A rezoning legislation and recently passed city law threaten to remove those gates along with the art and culture that is painted on them.

Who will step up and preserve Franco’s art in the wake of big plans to change Harlem?