Race, Redining and Redevelopment: The Legacy of Racialized Cities

Course Code
PLAN 3500
Jessica Sewell
Associate Professor

What does the racial history of American cities have to do with wealth gaps, Covid-19 infection rates, educational attainment, disaster resiliency, and bicycle lanes? How are American ideas about race influenced by our experience of cities? This class explores the legacy of redlining, urban redevelopment, zoning laws, anti-black violence, white flight, and other racialized urban policies and practices on contemporary society. In this class we will work to better understand the structures of inequality in the United States and how they are tied to space and urban policy. Themes will include health, wealth, environmental justice, transportation, and education.