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Racial Equity

February 2, 2021, 6am PST
Takeaways from last week's Senate confirmation hearing for the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg.
Transportation for America
December 16, 2020, 10am PST
Even with the world shut down, many California planning issues continued to be debated online, fought over in court, enacted in city halls, and realized on the ground. And yet, racial equity and the pandemic are the defining stories of 2020.
California Planning & Development Report
December 7, 2020, 9am PST
You know what racial equity means, but have you heard of 'experiential equity'? Environmental neuroscientist Robin Mazumder explains the term and how it can inform our understanding of equity in the built environment.
City Monitor
September 24, 2020, 12pm PDT
Introducing a new interactive resource that presents the contributions of the Black community to a growing understanding of cities and the built environment.
Black Voices on the City
September 4, 2020, 7am PDT
Experts indicate that it is too soon to conclude that the lack of access to parks has contributed to higher coronavirus infection rates in Black and Latino communities, but say there is likely a relationship between the two.
USA Today
August 26, 2020, 10am PDT
The country’s history of racist and segregationist housing policies is affecting vulnerable low-income communities of color that are bearing the brunt of climate change impacts.
The New York Times
August 26, 2020, 8am PDT
Nic Esposito calls for an "anti-racist reframe" of urbanism to address the attitudes and policies that have perpetuated racist systems and upheld capitalism at all costs.
WHYY
August 19, 2020, 8am PDT
Americans living in legacy cities face a unique set of challenges and opportunities in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Several local, state, and federal support strategies could aid these cities in recouping losses.
Brookings
July 29, 2020, 11am PDT
The worsening housing crisis shows that we must develop comprehensive tools and programs to keep families housed and their assets preserved.
Shelterforce Magazine
July 23, 2020, 7am PDT
Important changes are necessary to promote racial equity in transit policy, governance, and agency recruitment, according to Darnell Grisby, director of policy development at the American Public Transit Association.
Bloomberg CityLab
July 7, 2020, 8am PDT
Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia wrote the book on Tactical Urbanism, and as leading consultants of the practice in cities around the country, they have faced criticism in recent weeks and months for a lack of attention to matters of equity.
Streetsblog USA
July 7, 2020, 6am PDT
A new study documents staggering racial bais in the Boston rental market and compares the racial disparities among prospective tenants seeking housing in 2018 and 2019.
The Boston Globe
July 2, 2020, 9am PDT
Six regional and state housing advocates discuss the connections between uprisings over racial injustice, the pandemic, and the need for housing security.
Shelterforce Magazine
Blog post
June 10, 2020, 8am PDT

The third installment of an ongoing, curated list of a particularly contemporary genre of urbanism punditry.

James Brasuell
May 18, 2020, 9am PDT
What would a crisis response that finally overcomes the history of slavery and structural racism in the United States look like?
Next City
May 12, 2020, 8am PDT
The economic and health effects of coronavirus have spread unevenly across racial lines in the United States, as further revealed by new research from the Pew Research Center.
Pew Research Center
May 8, 2020, 5am PDT
If approved by the Pittsbugh City Council, the proposed Greater Pittsburgh Covid-19 Racial Equity Task Force would work toward more equitable distribution of economic and public health resources, during the coronavirus pandemic and after.
Trib Live
April 28, 2020, 5am PDT
A recent journal article argues for planners to lead on racial equity.
Journal Of The American Planning Association
August 26, 2019, 1pm PDT
In key areas like jobs and housing, the numbers show a definite Motor City rebound since the recession. But a closer look reveals uneven gains and weakness next to state averages.
The Detroit Free Press
August 5, 2019, 8am PDT
Many suburban areas outside thriving urban cores are struggling to deliver vital services and maintain property values as job and population growth stagnates. It's time to confront the realities of those communities, according to this article.
Governing