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Housing segregation caused many social justice issues throughout the 1900s.
One big one is neighborhood walkability.
You are invited to join America Walks’ quarterly webinar series, Walking Toward Justice, to examine past and present walkability issues in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, and search for solutions.
Charles T. Brown of America Walks, who helped create the series, will moderate each webinar.
The first webinar on 9/27/17
Register here for the first webinar of the series, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, at 2 p.m. EST Sept, 27, 2017.
The webinar will feature author Richard Rothstein.
Rothstein’s book debunks myths about racial discrimination. It also provides evidence of how governments prevented minorities from integrating into middle-class neighborhoods by using:
- racially discriminatory policies, such as rejecting government-guaranteed mortgages;
- charging higher market interest rates;
- changing zoning ordinances;
- condemning property;
- building highways through minority neighborhoods;
- failing to arrest or charge whites for harassment and vandalism;
- denying or overcharging for sewer utilities; and
- relocating schools.
Rothstein says these activities denied minorities jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and quality of life.
The webinar also features Sonia Jimenez of Ximenes & Associates, Inc.,Tamika Butler of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, and Sahra Sulaiman of Streetsblog L.A.
So join the webinar and share it with advocates, city planners, housing, transportation and health departments, and more.
More on walkable communities for Latinos
Check out more Salud America! stories and resources on creating walkable Latino communities.
For example, watch and read how urban designers Nicholas Rivard and Allison Hu fought for walkable streets in a low-income area in San Antonio.
It started when they noticed a road construction project in a largely Latino neighborhood was lacking shade, trees, and other walkable street elements. Cost was an issue.
So Rivard and Hu organized a multi-pronged effort.
They engaged neighbors and businesses. They used storytelling, petitions, and more to build support.
They met with city officials to suggest design-specific elements that could improve the road’s walkability.
All these efforts paid off. They city agreed to add street trees, separated sidewalks, and other streets elements to the road.
“During the design research process, we are all able to be advocates for changes to the built environment or to the social structure of the neighborhood that we think will make it a healthier overall dynamic for everybody,” Rivard said.