Race and Smart Growth Series: Part One

Location: Virtual Meeting: Zoom Link will be sent to registrants in advance of event.

Akira Drake Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the City/Regional Planning Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University

Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez of the University of Pennsylvania will launch DVSGA’s Race and Smart Growth series on Thursday, March 11.

“As long as we’ve had city planning, we’ve had this type of defensive architecture that creates a city within the city. Whether it’s public housing, downtown areas, or privatized public spaces of consumption, we certainly have built cities in a way where some areas are racialized in a positive light and some areas are racialized in a negative light, and that’s certainly reflected in the built environment.” Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez

The DVSGA plans to hold a three-part speaker series on Race and Smart Growth in the first half of 2021. This conversation is long overdue as our organization’s work on sustainable land use and transportation policies has never explicitly considered the role of race in regional growth patterns. From our region’s history of redlining to today’s exclusionary suburban zoning, race has been and continues to be a significant force in regional growth patterns. The first speaker will be Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez whose work examines the racial politics of urban planning and public education through an interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative approach. Pre-order her book Diverging Spaces for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, due for release in May 2021.

Please register here by Wednesday, March 10, 2021. There is a $10 registration fee. Free for students.