Race and Smart Growth Series: Part Two

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

Andre M. Perry on Race and Land Use 

In the second of a three-part series, DVSGA is hosting Dr. Andre M. Perry—a nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, education and economic inclusion—who will discuss the role of race in land-use patterns and policies. Dr. Perry will be interviewed by Charnelle Hicks, principal of CHPlanning, a firm providing comprehensive, municipal, transportation and environmental planning and community outreach programs.

Smart growth has traditionally advocated for economic and community development strategies that curb urban sprawl and worsening environmental conditions to create healthy, environmentally resilient and economically robust places; however, little attention has been paid to how race impacts planning and outcomes. We look to this discussion to reveal concrete strategies that proponents of smart growth can use to end inequality that has historically existed in land use.

Dr. Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a scholar-in-residence at American University, a columnist for the Hechinger Report, and the author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Citieswhich is available for purchase.

Please register here by Monday, April 12, 2021. There is a $10 registration fee. Free for students.




DVSGA’s three-part speaker series on Race and Smart Growth 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The third and final event in our Race & Smart Growth Series will be on Thursday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. DVSGA will be hosting Charles Brown of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers to discuss race and transportation in our region and how planners and other smart growth professionals can respond to the imperative of centering racial equity in our transportation ecosystem. You can register now!