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Redlining Louisville: A History of Race, Class, & Housing

PastMonday, February 04, 2019 - 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Urban planner and community organizer, Joshua Poe, will explore the legacy of structural discrimination in Louisville’s 1938 redlining maps and the far-reaching impact they have had on our city’s geography and economy. The presentation will introduce how the profession of city planning was weaponzied to isolate Black communities to prevent access to jobs, housing, capital, and the accumulation of generational wealth. The presentation will also discuss anti-gentrification efforts, political engagement at various levels, organizing principles related to dismantling the interlocking systems of power (racism, sexism, capitalism, etc); that create poverty and inequality; and how to engage in a courageous conversation about structural racism while managing feelings of powerlessness, guilt, and fragility in a proactive manner.

Joshua Poe is a nationally recognized city planner and community organizer. He began his career organizing around housing, labor, and economic justice issues. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville. He specializes in urban planning, data visualization, public health, education, and outreach. In 2017 he created, authored and published the interactive storymap, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville, KY, which received recognition from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in its effort to recognize best-in-class data visualizations. StateScoop named the project one of the "Top 25 Coolest GIS Visualizations," and said it was "less of a map and more a digital museum exhibit that guides the user through decades of local history." Josh has a broad range of experience in many fields related to urban planning and social justice, including project management, public health, youth programs, strategic planning, workforce development, geographic information systems, transit planning, and community engagement strategies. He is a pioneer in documenting and exposing how city planning was weaponized as a tool to deny Black people land ownership and access to the accumulation of generational wealth. His work on the history of city planning, inclusive design and equitable development makes him a featured speaker nationally. He is currently working on developing equitable development strategies, organizing around anti-gentrification efforts, creating equity metrics for program and project evaluations, creative placemaking, and addressing root systems of power to create sustainable social change.

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Crescent Hill
2762 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY USA 40206

Phone: 502-574-1793
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