Poster: History of Housing Discrimination

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • How is discrimination in housing still prevalent even after 49 years of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, the consecutive amendments with various policies and subsidies?
  • What are the types and the probable causes to Disparate Impact?
  • Is prevalence of discrimination in housing an ethical issue at the fundamental level?

This research demonstrate analytical studies pertaining to Housing Discrimination through policy studies and literature review of Ethics based on various references. An overview of seven landmark disparate impact cases has been applied for providing evidence for the objectives. When evaluating public policy questions most people ask selfishly, “How does this affect me?” Planners, in contrast, should ask selflessly, “How does this affect the community, particularly disadvantaged and underrepresented groups?””. Some people assume that planning is a zero-sum game of interest groups fighting for special policies and projects. However, good planners generally want something quite different: policies and projects that benefit the greatest number of people including many who are unaware of their gains. It is about public interest.


Topics include: Housing Discrimination and the Fair Housing Law; AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct; Ethics and ethical standards as Urban Planner; Public Interests; Social Justice and Public Policy


Gulafshan Ghori , Washington , DC (see bio)