Join U.S. EPA’s Brownfields/Land Revitalization and Office of Community Revitalization staff for a series of informative stories from communities of color near Chicago and Boston, as part of a six-part Smart Growth Network webinar series, Learning from (and Leaning on) Local Leaders to Revitalize African American Neighborhoods, beginning in August and running through the end of the year.
As we gain a clearer understanding of the effect of past policies on African American communities, many are recognizing a clear need to make changes to improve quality of life in underserved communities.
Stories of revitalization efforts in African American communities reveal a rich blend of community, elected officials, and church leadership, and the engagement of government and nonprofits. Talking about what has been effective (and what has not) over the last 40 years will help prepare us all for the work ahead.
Date: Wednesday August 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Pacific Time
The series launches August 18, with the first session, Building Upon Large-Scale Brownfield Investments to Rejuvenate a Community, as Kathy Brown and Edward Lewis, formerly of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development,, and Abraham Lacy, Executive Director of the Far South Community Development Corporation, explore the roles of local leadership and community engagement in building upon an investment in brownfields to remove blight, create jobs, and transform the neighborhood to benefit residents with much-needed community amenities.