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History Matters: Understanding the Role of Policy, Race & Real Estate in Cuyahoga County

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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"If we want to come out of an economic downturn, equity is the only way to get there" – Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D

The importance of place and geography and its impact on health, opportunity and wealth is the subject of an increasing body of research. In order to understand how ZIP codes became such a prominent social predictor, we need to examine the past. In the 1920s, segregation in residential developments was a priority and realtors actively promoted segregated neighborhoods. Race became the determining and organizing factor for the real estate industry - a practice that remained enforced decades after its inception.

Planning history demonstrates the profound impact that the past has on the present. Join us for a panel discussion on new research, commissioned by Cuyahoga PlaceMatters in partnership with The Kirwin Institute, highlighting the importance of historic real estate policies and their implications for Cuyahoga County's contemporary development issues.

Panelists include:

Freddy L. Collier, Jr., Director of City Planning, City of Cleveland  

Jason Reece, Director of Research, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

This discussion will be moderated by WCPN Morning Edition Host/Producer Rick Jackson. 

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