Regionalism, Equitable Development, Environmental Sustainability & Smart Growth A Briefing for Black Elected Officials Con...
Communities of Opportunity  <ul><ul><li>Everyone should have fair access to the critical opportunity structures needed to ...
Cleveland Regionalism Report <ul><li>Commissioned by the Presidents’ Council </li></ul><ul><li>Funding from the Cleveland ...
Study Design <ul><li>Goal: ID policy framework to grow regional opportunity  </li></ul><ul><li>Methods: </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Inequities Impact Everyone <ul><li>Isolation from opportunity results in lost productive and creative capacity, depriving ...
Disparities and Regional Health <ul><li>Wasted Creative Capacity . The wasted creative capacity associated with a lack of ...
Disparities and Regional Health <ul><li>Paying for Exclusion . Residential segregation is fueled by exclusionary housing p...
Policy is not neutral <ul><li>Segregation and inequality was exacerbated by policy decisions that advantaged the suburbs a...
Cycle of disinvestment… Lower Educational Outcomes for Urban School Districts Increased Flight of Affluent  Families from ...
Equitable Regionalism <ul><li>Strategies for connecting to opportunity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A  people-focused  approach ...
Equitable regionalism  <ul><ul><li>The city’s economic future is dependent on its most plentiful natural resource,  human ...
Equity as a Diagnostic Tool <ul><li>The “Miner’s Canary” metaphor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disparities facing communities of ...
So what about the canary…why care about equity and inclusion? <ul><ul><li>To thrive, regions must be competitive in the gl...
Capital Market ‘Credit crunch’ Affected neighborhoods are being reduced to ‘ghost towns’ Reduced spending and retail fligh...
Linked Fates…Transformative Change <ul><li>Our fates are linked, yet our fates have been socially constructed as disconnec...
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  • Regionalism, Equitable Development, Environmental Sustainability & Smart Growth

    1. 1. Regionalism, Equitable Development, Environmental Sustainability & Smart Growth A Briefing for Black Elected Officials Convened by The AAFRR & The JCPES Sheraton Hotel New Orleans March 5, 2008 john a. powell Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Moritz College of Law & Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    2. 2. Communities of Opportunity <ul><ul><li>Everyone should have fair access to the critical opportunity structures needed to succeed in life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affirmatively connecting people to opportunity creates positive, transformative change in communities </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Cleveland Regionalism Report <ul><li>Commissioned by the Presidents’ Council </li></ul><ul><li>Funding from the Cleveland Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>First major discussion on regionalism structured and led by African American and City leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Move away from city versus suburb model </li></ul>
    4. 4. Study Design <ul><li>Goal: ID policy framework to grow regional opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Methods: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze the health of Cleveland’s African American community compared with peer regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview diverse leaders and stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess Cleveland’s social and historical context and current regional initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review regional equity-based policies throughout the nation </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Inequities Impact Everyone <ul><li>Isolation from opportunity results in lost productive and creative capacity, depriving regions the ability to compete and innovate </li></ul><ul><li>Inequities create artificial impediments to economic development and affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Disparities drive sprawling physical growth without job or population growth </li></ul><ul><li>All of this can ultimately harm the quality of life for all residents </li></ul>
    6. 6. Disparities and Regional Health <ul><li>Wasted Creative Capacity . The wasted creative capacity associated with a lack of social, economic and educational opportunity drags down the competitive strength of the entire region </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented Economic Voice . To attract investment in the global economy, regions must act collectively to promote themselves, and they must align key infrastructure and assets to be more innovative, efficient and competitive </li></ul>
    7. 7. Disparities and Regional Health <ul><li>Paying for Exclusion . Residential segregation is fueled by exclusionary housing policies, but these policies come at a price for all residents </li></ul><ul><li>Inefficient Infrastructure and Government Services . Regions that are highly fragmented into hundreds of local governments are often inefficient with respect to infrastructure and government services. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Policy is not neutral <ul><li>Segregation and inequality was exacerbated by policy decisions that advantaged the suburbs and hobbled inner city communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incentives for suburban development (highway, gas, water, sewer, tax breaks for businesses) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disinvestment in the compact, efficient, existing infrastructure in urban centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isolation of public and affordable housing in the urban core, concentrating poverty where opportunities were hemorrhaging </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Cycle of disinvestment… Lower Educational Outcomes for Urban School Districts Increased Flight of Affluent Families from Urban Areas Neighborhood (Housing) Segregation School Segregation
    10. 10. Equitable Regionalism <ul><li>Strategies for connecting to opportunity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A people-focused approach that gives families more choice in where to live and go to school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An in-place strategy that seeks to bring investment and resources into distressed communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A linkages approach that connects low-income neighborhoods and residents to opportunity through improved transportation and social or business networking </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Equitable regionalism <ul><ul><li>The city’s economic future is dependent on its most plentiful natural resource, human capacity and innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without addressing the social, racial and interregional inequities facing the region, the future of the entire region is compromised </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Equity as a Diagnostic Tool <ul><li>The “Miner’s Canary” metaphor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disparities facing communities of color are indicators of larger societal challenges </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. So what about the canary…why care about equity and inclusion? <ul><ul><li>To thrive, regions must be competitive in the global economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inequality is a sign of an economically & socially inefficient region, where much of the population can not meet its creative potential </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These disparities make the region less competitive, nationally and globally </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Capital Market ‘Credit crunch’ Affected neighborhoods are being reduced to ‘ghost towns’ Reduced spending and retail flight Families lose their homes, wealth and safety Banks, police and courts saddled with foreclosures SUBPRIME LENDING: We didn’t care about the canary...
    15. 15. Linked Fates…Transformative Change <ul><li>Our fates are linked, yet our fates have been socially constructed as disconnected, especially through the categories of class, race, gender, nationality, region… </li></ul>
    16. 16. For more information, please visit us online at www.kirwaninstitute.org

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