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.
• 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
This event is part of “Equity in Action: A Conversation Series,” a dynamic lineup of public events exploring the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities.
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.