University of Wisconsin–Madison

Invest, Democratize, Organize: Lessons on Building More Equitable Cities From Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina, Tennessee
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
Citywide development that uses traditional business practices, which have historically benefitted from and perpetuated racialized inequality, can threaten to displace the most disadvantaged communities. This report provides tools and resources for groups that are advocating for more equitable, progressive development in their cities; these practices address the housing affordability crisis, displacement of long-term residents, low and stagnant wages, unemployment, persecution of immigrants, over-policing of communities of color, and a host of other issues affecting a city’s residents. Additionally, this report includes a checklist and guidelines for establishing and moving a successful coalition.

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