At GovEx, we work with cities around the country whose leaders are committed to revitalizing aging neighborhoods, and reversing declining property values. These issues are critical to many cities and strategies to address them must incorporate a strong knowledge of the history of urban spaces, including race and racial dynamics. Recently, GovEx Senior Advisor Katherine Klosek and I sat down for a conversation with Johns Hopkins University professor of history Dr. Nathan Connolly to discuss how cities have addressed urban spaces historically and what they can do to improve the quality of life for all city residents.
Dr. Connolly is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He writes and teaches about the interplay between racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, focuses on a variety of issues that are relevant for cities in the US including property ownership and redlining.
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