Sacramento's Diversity Past and Future

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PDT


Swarms of Americans and immigrants came to Sacramento in search of gold, the railroads used thousands of Chinese immigrants who were prohibited from owning land and set up separate Chinatowns.  Immigrants set up shanty towns and neighborhoods; Italians, Irish, Jews and African Americans.  These communities were without elected representation and many were wiped out in the redevelopment years of the 50's and 60's.  We had periods of time where African Americans were not rented to creating physical and cultural divisions in our neighborhoods and financial inequities in neighborhood investment by the City and County.  Post war urban neighborhoods were abandoned as veterans moved to the suburbs to raise families leaving areas of the earlier city neighborhoods in decay. Now as we rethink the City: What have we learned about tearing down neighborhoods and displacing community?; Have divisions of opportunity been eliminated or do they still exist through economic challenges? ;  Are we providing for a broad range of housing to fit different economic groups and family structure?; Are we assisting in creating a balance in economic growth between communities?; Is the opportunity for education of the children equal throughout the city?


Bruce Monighan

Licensed architect for 37 years with national and international private practice experience in urban housing, retail and hospitality. As the City's Urban Design Manager Bruce manages policies and activities of the City Design Review and Historic Preservation Programs and guides the implementation of City policy related to the built ... Read More

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