Gentrification Matters in Brooklyn's Black Neighborhoods
You'll learn about:
The impact of gentrification on traditionally predominate black neighborhoods as well as tools to mitigate impacts on housing, economic development, culture and physical spaces
How to have courageous conversations about the gentrification with residents, business owners, and community representatives
How to identify and use various neighborhood indicators to address gentrification concerns by communities
How land use and zoning decisions precipitate and thwart gentrification.
The Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD) of APA is sponsoring a walking tour of two predominately black neighborhoods in Brooklyn – Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. Participants will be immersed in neighborhood history, community assets and controversial flashpoints to examine how gentrification is impacting and shaping the future of these communities. Our first segment visits the Fulton Street corridor in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Attendees will learn about the impact of rezoning efforts and gentrification along the Fulton Street commercial corridor. Civil rights history, public improvements, new developments, and Business Improvement District efforts will be highlighted along the way. Attendees will travel south and explore Franklin and Bedford Avenues in Crown Heights, a historically African-American and West-Indian neighborhood. See firsthand the rapid economic, social, cultural, and physical evolution of this neighborhood, and impacts of gentrification. Attendees will learn about various tools, initiatives, and approaches to address and mitigate impacts of gentrification on housing, economic development, community culture, and physical space.
As these two neighborhoods quickly gentrify in a short period of time, this walking tour showcases new development projects, commercial revitalization efforts, public art, and neighborhood and public improvements that provide context to creating courageous conversations about how planners and communities can retain community character and address gentrification. Attendees will also learn about various neighborhood indicators of gentrification. Local residents, business owners, planners and community advocates will be featured. Lunch and tour materials will be provided to all participants. We look forward to you joining us in exploring Brooklyn’s Black Neighborhoods and how Gentrification Matters.
, New York University - Wagner
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerIngrid Gould Ellen, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, is Director of the Urban Planning Program at NYU Wagner and Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She joined the NYU Wagner faculty in the fall of 1997 and presently teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics, and urban policy. Professor Ellen's research interests center on housing and urban policy. She is author of Sharing America's Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters related to housing policy, community development, and school and neighborhood segregation. Before coming to NYU, Professor Ellen held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She attended Harvard University, where she received a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy.
Confirmed SpeakerWilliam Washburn is an AICP-certified planner with over 40 years of professional experience. He currently works as a Planner Coordinator with the Prince George's County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). Since joining the commission, he has managed the preparation of transit district development plans for several of the county's Metro stations (West Hyattsville, Capitol Heights, and New Carrollton) and sector plans for the Central Annapolis Road corridor and the Largo Town Center Metro Station. Bill Washburn also co-managed the recent preparation, adoption, and approval of an updated transit district development plan for the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station.
, Environmental Protection Agency
Confirmed SpeakerCarlton Eley is an environmentalist, urban planner, lecturer, and blogger. He has eighteen years experience advancing projects targeting environmental justice and sustainable urban policy, and he is U.S. EPA’s leading expert on the topic of equitable development. Carlton regularly organizes continuing education content for audiences around the country, and he has published multiple articles as well as blogs on the topic of equitable development. Carlton nominated South Carolina State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. and the ReGenesis Project for the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Change (in Honor of Paul Davidoff). Carlton has served on community advisory service teams for Pamlico County, North Carolina; Princeville, North Carolina; Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama; and the Vecht River Valley in the Netherlands. Carlton’s work has been commended by the Ford Foundation, the National Charrette Institute, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His technical assistance work and public engagement efforts have earned citations from the American Planning Association and the National Organization of Minority Architects. He has a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work Curriculum from Elizabeth City State University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.
Confirmed SpeakerFleming El-Amin works as a Senior Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). His areas of expertise include environmental justice and context sensitive solutions and design. In this role, Fleming provides support to MPOs and State DOTs on environmental justice, meaningful community engagement, context based project delivery, and collaborative decision making. Prior to joining FHWA Fleming worked as a project manager with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
Confirmed SpeakerZunilda Rodriguez, AICP currently serves as a Project Manager. With fourteen years of professional experience in municipal and county regional planning, her planning specialty areas include redevelopment, land use, housing, regional planning and community development, and technical assistance work. Zunilda earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and American Studies and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. She is an American Institute Certified Planner with the American Planning Association.