Advancing Racial Equity Through Comprehensive Planning

What You'll Learn

  • The history of racially restrictive housing policies in U.S. cities.
  • Ideas for addressing racial disparities through comprehensive planning and inclusionary zoning.
  • Tips for your elected officials on building a coalition for policies that advance racial equity.

More Course Details

In Minneapolis, a history of redlining and other racially restrictive housing policies left a lasting effect on the city and its residents. Areas of Minneapolis with higher densities and a mix of land uses experienced disinvestment, in part because banks did not lend in those areas. On the outskirts of the city, a post-Depression development pattern emerged with little variation in housing types and density and with few areas for commercial development.

Today, the zoning map in these areas remains largely unchanged from the era of intentional racial segregation. This has shaped the opportunities available to multiple generations of Minneapolis residents and significantly contributed to the disparities people of color and indigenous people continue to experience.

In this course, learn about this history of racially restrictive housing policies and find out about efforts in Minneapolis to address racial disparities in housing through comprehensive planning and inclusionary zoning.