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VIDEO Available for Part One of DVSGA’s Race and Smart Growth Series

Part One of DVSGA’s Race and Smart Growth series presented by Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez is now available on video. 

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Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez’s 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.

“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

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.