Responding to Neighborhood Change in Formerly Redlined Communities and the Mountain West’s Middle Neighborhoods: Insights from the 2022 Gramlich Fellows

Location: Zoom

Speaker(s): Taylor Jones, Arielle Rawlings

The work done by community-based organizations in both historically Black neighborhoods and in “middle neighborhoods” in several Mountain West communities will be the focus of presentations by the two students who were Gramlich Fellows in Community and Economic Development in 2022.

Taylor Jones, a master in public policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss how redlining and other forms of institutional discrimination have shaped the work done by community-based organizations (CBOs) in historically Black communities. Arielle Rawlings, a master in urban planning candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss how community-based organizations in several Mountain West communities are working to preserve housing in their “middle neighborhoods,” the historically stable communities of middle- and working-class households, following rising instability exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development, which is co-sponsored by the Center and NeighborWorks® America, gives Harvard graduate students the opportunity to identify, research, publish, and present promising approaches for addressing challenges related to affordable housing and community development. Fellows carry out this work independently but in close consultation with staff from both organizations. The application deadline for the 2023 Gramlich Fellowship is Monday, February 13, 2023.

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Neighborhood street at night