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Saturday, July 28 • 9:00am - 10:50am
At Home in the World: Building Sustainable, Equitable Cities

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This presentation addresses the diverse challenges facing US cities, explores opportunities for moving forward with just and sustainable solutions, and is intended to stimulate conversation that looks at housing from a broad and inclusive perspective.

John Whitlow addresses approaches to combating gentrification and displacement in New York City, using the recently-enacted right to counsel as a starting point. The right to counsel guarantees tenants facing eviction the right to an attorney, but to what extent does it disturb the paradigm of market-driven urbanization that has altered the race and class composition of so many of the city's neighborhoods? The presentation will look at widening inequalities and hyper-gentrification in New York City, and will chart a policy path that challenges the neoliberal political-economic and governance framework that has been in place in the city since the mid-1970s.

Emily Johnston engages housing from both a climate perspective--because people in walkable urban neighborhoods have half the average carbon footprint, and because climate change will mean that some cities grow rapidly in coming years, as others become less livable--and from an equity perspective, because low- and middle-income folks are often priced out of neighborhoods as transit and services come in. We'll begin to sort through the options for, and barriers to, housing everyone who wants to live in our growing cities.…and how we can change things fast enough to prevent dystopia in a changing climate.

  • John Whitlow, he/him, @zhionny74
  • Emily Johnston, she/her, @enjohnston

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Emily Johnston

350 Seattle
Emily Johnston is a founder and core member of the grassroots climate group 350 Seattle, where her recent focus has been the development of an equity-focused housing campaign. She's also an essayist and poet (her book, Her Animals, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award... Read More →
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John Whitlow

CUNY's Community & Economic Development Clinic
John Whitlow is an Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Law, where he teaches primarily in the Community & Economic Development (CED) Clinic. The CED Clinic works within a law and organizing framework to address structural inequalities in New York City through strategic litigation... Read More →

Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

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