Equity planning remains an elusive goal. This session uses on-the-ground findings to present updated strategies, explain ways to plan for social equity, and explore difficult dilemmas such as major fiscal problems or proposed developments that would bring gentrification. Hear about Detroit's experiences and comprehensive planning in Portland, Oregon.
You'll learn about:
- Original research on alternative strategies for planning for social equity in U.S. cities
- Possible ways to update strategies for social equity planning in your own community
- Ways to identify data, policy tools, and processes needed to enhance social equity and community stability
- How to approach contemporary barriers to equity planning, particularly when faced with development pressures
Speakers: June Thomas, University of Michigan; Lisa Bates, Portland State University; Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon
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About the Speakers
June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., FAICP, is Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, at the University of Michigan. Her books include the co-edited Urban Planning and the African American Community: In the Shadows (Sage, 1996); Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, second edition Wayne State University Press, 2013); Planning Progress: Lessons from Shoghi Effendi (Association for Baha’i Studies, 1999); the co-edited, Margaret Dewar and June Thomas, The City after Abandonment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), as well as many articles and book chapters. Her work in progress includes the co-edited, June Thomas and Henco Bekkering, Mapping Detroit: Evolving Land Use Patterns and Connections (Wayne State University Press, 2015), and ongoing research on both the aftermath of the foreclosure process in Detroit and the social equity dimensions of urban planning.
Dr. Lisa Bates is Associate Professor at the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning of Portland State University and Director of the Center for Urban Studies. Dr. Bates’ areas of expertise are housing policy and planning, urban neighborhood change and revitalization policy, and equity planning. Her research is focused on social justice and issues of institutionalized racism in policy design and implementation, particularly as related to fair housing. Dr. Bates has engaged in research and policy formulation with a variety of community partners, including ACORN Housing Corporation in New Orleans and Chicago, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Multnomah Youth Commission, the Portland Housing Center, and PolicyLink.
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