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Friday, June 8 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Diversity and Inequality in Suburbia: Design Causes and Consequences

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The American suburbs are changing rapidly—both socially and spatially. Once considered the domain of the white middle class and elites, suburbia is now home to the majority of the country’s racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and poor. While some suburbs have suffered decades of disinvestment and increasing concentrations of poverty, others are centers of new immigration and reinvestment in more prototypically “urban” forms. Still others remain exclusive pockets of concentrated wealth.

This panel will address questions about community designers’ changing roles in the production of suburban landscapes, and how they can address issues of diversity and inequity, especially for the most vulnerable residents. We’ll look at racial and economic segregation, redevelopment, gentrification and displacement, access to transportation and social services, privatization, and public space. Designers will be encouraged to think about the consequences of today’s rapidly shifting metropolitan landscape strategies for producing a more just and inclusive suburbia. 

Speakers
avatar for Tanvi Misra

Tanvi Misra

Writer, CityLab
Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab, The Atlantic's website about cities. She covers immigrant communities, housing, and economic inequality. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, BBC, McClatchy News, and the Texas Tribune.
avatar for Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland College Park

Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland College Park

Director of Community Development, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarship focuses on the link between social... Read More →
avatar for Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Urban Planner
Dan Reed is a writer, urban planner, and community advocate. He's worked with communities all over the United States to make their streets safer and more enjoyable places. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Architect Magazine, Greater... Read More →


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