“In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons from Washington, Detroit, and Boston”

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Equitable development, a new concept in planning and community development, holds great promise for helping low-income and minority communities become places that provide economic opportunity, affordable living, and cultural expression for all residents. It is built on the basic principle that current residents will play a central role in shaping the projects, programs, and policies that affect them and their community.

However lofty its goals, achieving equitable development is complicated and challenging. At this half-day symposium, leading practitioners and scholars from Washington, DC, Detroit, and Boston will explore three notable efforts to bring equitable development to their communities. The presentations and discussions will help students, scholars, community leaders, public officials and others identify innovative strategies and successful approaches to advancing social justice goals in low-income and largely minority neighborhoods.

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Agenda

1:00 pm               Welcome
David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies

1:05 pm               Ingredients of Equitable Development Planning
Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, GSD

1:30 pm               Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Initiative, Detroit, MI
Darnell Adams, Vice President of Program Implementation, Invest Detroit

Maureen Anway, Neighborhoods Associate, Invest Detroit

Jermaine R. Ruffin, Director of Development-West Region, Detroit Department of Housing
and Revitalization

Marc Norman, Associate Professor of Practice in Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; Loeb Fellow, 2014-2015 (moderator)

2:30 pm               11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Plan, Washington, DC
Scott Kratz, Director, Building Bridges Across the River,

Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), D.C.;

Angie M. Gates, Director, District of Columbia, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment

Kimberly Driggins, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy; 2015-2016 Loeb
Fellow, (moderator)

3:30 pm               Break

3:45 pm               Bartlett Station and the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan, Boston, MA
Diane Clark, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Nuestra Communidad Development Corporation

Darnell Williams, former Chair, Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee; former Executive Director, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Dana Whiteside, Deputy Director for Community Economic Development, Boston Planning and Development Agency

Lily Song, Lecturer in Urban Planning, GSD (moderator)

4:45 pm               Lessons and Challenges in Equitable Development Planning
Darnell Adams, Vice President of Program Implementation, Invest Detroit

Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), D.C.;

Diane Clark, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Nuestra Communidad Development Corporation

Alex Krieger, Professor in Practice of Urban Design and Interim Chair, GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design (moderator)

5:30 pm               Post-Event Reception

This event is co-sponsored with the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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