Suburbs: The New Equity and Inclusion Frontier

Poverty today is concentrating in suburbs. Forces that will remain after the COVID-19 pandemic—exploding demand for urban living; relocating the knowledge economy into cities; and growing income inequality are powering this change. In cities, “neighborhood change” signifies gentrification and displacement; in suburbs, it signifies new concentrations of poverty. Presenters summarize the forces reshaping suburbs. and identify essential economic development, policy, mobility, affordable housing, and governance steps to equip suburbs to address equity and inclusion. They describe experience helping suburbs develop inclusive economic development strategies that support a wide spectrum of job opportunities. Learn strategies for making common ground into inclusive public places, supporting a new of mixed-income neighborhoods, and inviting a broad spectrum of jobs and investment that are welcomed by suburbs that traditionally oppose jobs outside of landscaped office parks.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reverse the rapid concentration of poverty in older suburban neighborhoods by promoting a new generation of racially, economically, and culturally diverse neighborhoods.
  • Expand traditional economic development to identify effective workforce readiness, job training, and job attraction strategies that meet the needs of lower-income residents and avoid long commutes.
  • Plan, program, and design a public realm that celebrates diversity and creates public places that proactively invite everyone to feel ownership and celebrate a shared community.

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