VACANT LAND: Transformation for what and for whom?

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

URBAN STUDIES PUBLIC CONVERSATION SERIES: 

CAN URBAN DEVELOPMENT BE A VEHICLE FOR EQUITY IN PHILADELPHIA?

Since 2001, Urban Studies at Penn has organized conversations to address topics of critical importance to the City of Philadelphia. Each panel brings together academic and policy researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to participate from their different vantage points. Panels are also coordinated to fit within a specific course in the URBS undergraduate curriculum.

This year, we have three panels address the question "Can Urban Development be a Vehicle for Equity in Philadelphia?" We will examine recent efforts to shape development in Philadelphia and explore how these efforts are contributing to the city's identity, economic growth, and social vibrancy; and how they might mitigate displacement, loss of history, or a fractured civic life and culture. 

The Public Conversation Series is, as always, free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Fels Policy Research Initiative. 

For questions, email: urbs@sas.upenn.edu or call 215-898-6948.

 

VACANT LAND: Transformation for what and for whom?
MARCH 15 | 5-7pm
Ben Franklin Room 218, Houston Hall

Moderator:

Mark Stern, Co-Director of the Urban Studies Program

Panelists:

Michael Braverman, Commissioner of Housing and Community Development, City of Baltimore
Ira Goldstein, President of Policy Solutions at Reinvestment Fund
Nora Lictash, Executive Director of Women's Community Revitalization Project
Jennifer Kates, Esq., Chief of Staff for the office of Councilwoman Helen Gym