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

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

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 1-5:30 pm

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.

Free and open to the public. Please register here to attend in person.

This event will also be livestreamed on the GSD website; registration is not required to watch the livestream.

Agenda

1:00 pm Welcome

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, Washington, DC
  • Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River, Washington, DC
  • Angie M. Gates, Director, District of Columbia, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment
  • Kimberly Driggins, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy; Loeb Fellow, 2015-2016 (moderator)

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), Washington, DC
  • 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

5:30 pm Reception