Community Planning: Land and Transportation

Lack of affordable housing and homelessness, limited public transportation, and poorly funded public schools in communities of color are not arbitrary, but rather a result of design. The racist roots of community planning and urban planning have, undoubtedly, contributed to poorer quality of life and health outcomes for communities of color. Beyond planning, oppressive legal mechanisms were also used. In fact, between 1910 and 1997, Black communities lost about 90% of their farmland, contributing to America’s largest wealth gap.

Resources in this section explore the concept of ‘Regionalism’; that is, the sharing of skills, policies, amenities, tax burdens, and resources across municipal boundaries, so communities can function as cohesive entities instead of perpetuating racial disparities. [...]

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Land Use and Management Issues

Planning and Design



Transportation Issues


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Structural Racism

White Supremacy

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