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Thursday, April 5 • 10:50am - 12:15pm
TH10.50.02 Inclusive Urban Policies: Possibilities and Limitations for Equitable Outcomes

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In response to the conceptual and real challenges of integration and the growing awareness of equity-oriented approaches, policy organizations, foundations and other institutions are advancing a set of policies under a broad agenda of “inclusion.” In part, contemporary inclusionary urban policy strategies can be viewed as advancing useful approaches aimed at creating more integrated spaces, while also ensuring particular benefits for marginalized populations. For example, inclusionary housing/zoning policies are designed to ensure affordable housing units for low-income households in market-rate buildings, while special taxing districts are designed to capture financial resources for poor neighborhoods. Yet, these and other inclusionary policies may actually fall short of producing benefits for low-income households and communities of color once implemented. Rather, inclusionary policies may reproduce the same strains of structural racism and exclusion that their policy advocates seek to counteract.
How do we have more comprehensive discussions about how to effectively advance racial and economic justice for people of color and people of low income within the context of inclusionary policies? Speakers will present related research papers and draw participants into a discussion about the possibilities and limitations of contemporary strategies aimed at inclusion and equity. First, Spader and Rieger examine recent trends in the location and composition of integrated neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas. Two papers about St. Louis and Nashville, presented by Metzger and Fraser respectively, share local actions being taken to address inequity and exclusion. Finally, presentations by Khare and Pendall respectively, places these challenges of inclusionary policies and politics within broader conceptual frameworks, seeking to advance a set of arguments about how and why particular elements of policy design and implementation matter for generating social and economic benefits for households and communities that are historically oppressed.

Moderator: Amy Khare, Case Western Reserve University

Patterns and Trends of Residential Integration in the U.S. Since 2000 
Jonathan Spader, Harvard University; Shannon Rieger, Harvard University

Fighting for Government Transparency and Racial Equity in the Use of Local Tax Incentives: A St. Louis Case Study 
Molly Metzger, Washington University in St. Louis; Nay'Chelle Harris, Washington University in St. Louis

The Politics of Property & Inclusionary Zoning in Nashville 
James Fraser, Vanderbilt University

Towards Inclusion and Equity: Advancing Change in the Chicago Region
Amy Khare, Case Western Reserve University

Collective Action for Urban Inclusion: Lessons from Recent Practice 
Rolf Pendall, The Urban Institute

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Amy Khare, Case Western Reserve University

Assistant Professor & Research Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Thursday April 5, 2018 10:50am - 12:15pm EDT
Churchill (2nd Floor)