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Black and Brown Lives in Green Spaces: Race and Place in Urban America (Chicago)

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

While cities across the United States have been implementing environmental policies that have led to the rapid growth of green spaces—parks, community gardens, wilderness areas and urban agriculture—public spaces remain contested ground. Many green spaces are often as segregated as our cities, with the barriers keeping black and brown residents from accessing public space being both visible and invisible. As planners, businesspeople, city leaders, policymakers, and residents, how can we confront the legacies of violence and exclusion, support and empower those directly affected, and create safe and accessible places that offer social, economic, and recreational opportunities for all? Join us for a conversation about the disproportionate lack of access to environmental goods and how to ensure the right of every community to not only use, but co-create public spaces.

Featured Panelists:

  • Tonika Lewis Johnson, Chicago native and founder of the Folded Map project
  • Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Parks
  • Brian McCammack, the Beerly Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of Urban Studies at Lake Forest College and the author of Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m., with time to mingle before and after. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the general public and $12 for MPC Donors. Admission includes snacks, soft drinks, wine and beer.

If you have any additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at events@metroplanning.org.


The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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Metropolitan Planning Council