Urban Renewal has been among the most destructive urban policies in the US, destroying thousands of so called “blighted” neighborhoods and displacing over a million residents within predominantly lowincome communities of color. This panel addresses the lasting impact of this policy on our city, and the role of grassroots groups in successfully intervening in this framework to create more just community spaces. The panel presents the recently published New York City Atlas of Urban Renewal —a critical cartographic account of this legacy—and brings together urban practitioners featured therein for a conversation on the role of community planning in urban renewal policies.
- Jakob Winkler, The New School
- Paula Z. Segal, Urban Justice Center
- Val Orselli, Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association
- Stephanie Alvarado, 596 Acres
- Jessica Clemente, We Stay / Nos Quedamos
- Petr Stand, We Stay / Nos Quedamos
- Alexis Smallwood, Activist
This panel is part of the Hindsight Conference, hosted by the American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter Diversity Committee. The day-long event will focus on diversity and social equity not solely as a topic at a conference, but as a lens through which all planning and community development should be implemented.