Join the Urban Institute for a conversation on infrastructural racism and opportunities to redress racial and ethnic inequities in cities and neighborhoods through equitable development. This panel will build on Urban researchers’ work with the High Line Network and the Harvard Graduate School of Design to consult with infrastructure reuse projects across the nation and to jointly launch the Communities First Toolkit, a process and tools codifying a path for park practitioners to embed equity in public spaces. The researchers will also draw upon their evaluations of the equitable development plans of DC's 11th Street Bridge Park and the Purple Line Collaborative.
We will discuss opportunities to center community priorities during the allocation of city, state, and federal funds to improve public space, particularly through participatory budgeting. The panel will also examine how local governments and planning agencies can acknowledge historical and present-day disinvestment in Black and Brown communities, leverage data to measure progress in equitable development projects, and funnel new funding opportunities or decision making power to residents of color.