Planning for and with Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:45 a.m. - noon
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Key demographic characteristics and settlement patterns of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other groups in the United States

  • The challenges and opportunities that minorities face in housing, economic development, and transportation. 

  • Mainstream planning discourses on how to better include, engage, and represent growing populations of minorities in planning processes.

The panel begins by showing how we are becoming a majority-minority nation, and discusses emerging patterns such as segregation, gentrification, suburbanization and so on. Utilizing a number of cities around the U.S., the panel then expands to explore issues facing minorities in neighborhoods, cities, and metro areas, and seeks to address the distinctive needs of various minority groups. While minorities face the persistent issues of low wages, housing affordability, public transportation access, and political representation, this panel will show how a number of minority groups have embraced and support progressive planning initiatives such as mixed-use, transit-oriented, and walkable development. Innovative methods need to be made more familiar to planners in order to better engage diverse populations that, while coming to represent the majority, remain nonetheless underrepresented in planning projects nationwide.


Andrea Garfinkel-Castro , University of Utah , South Ogden , UT (see bio)
Deirdre Pfeiffer , AICP , Phoenix , AZ (see bio)
Ivis Garcia Zambrana , AICP , University of Utah , Salt Lake City , UT (see bio)