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Equity Planning in the Divided City:The Gentrification Conundrum
October 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Join us on Tuesday, October 1st for the 2nd Annual Norman Krumholz Future of Urban Planning Lecture Series, Equity Planning in the Divided City: The Gentrification Conundrum.
About this Lecture Series: Each year, the College convenes a nationally known panel of experts in the field of urban planning to select an exemplary scholar or practitioner to deliver a lecture. Through this series, we aspire to provoke an important conversation in the College and field of urban planning at large, while playing a critical role in our ongoing effort to be a thought leader in urban planning.
Lecture Overview: Equity Planning in the Divided City: The Gentrification Conundrum
Equity planning emerged in the 1970s when the urban crisis was at its peak. Suburbanization and deindustrialization were draining cities. Equity planners worked to help those who were left behind. Times have changed. The forces of re-urbanization are gaining strength. The creative knowledge economy is clustering in cities — bringing with it the urban gentry. Gentrification presents a conundrum for equity planners: it is bringing badly needed investment and residents into cities but at the same time it threatens to displace low-income families by raising rents. How should equity planners respond? The key is to understand that we live in an age of simultaneous de-urbanization and re-urbanization – decentralization and recentralization. We cannot understand one without the other and it is the job of equity planners to link the two.