The Case for Equity in Transit-Oriented Development

THU, JUN 11, 2020 (58:49)

Protests have erupted across the U.S. sparked by the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, but more than a reaction to police violence, these protests address a chronic problem rooted in centuries of racism and injustice stemming from unfair laws and policies across federal, state, and local institutions.

A recent report from MassINC titled “From Transactional to Transformative: The Case for Equity in Gateway City Transit-Oriented Development,” outlines solutions to change policies that don’t work for many Americans, including better access to safe and affordable housing, reliable transportation, and economic inclusion. But the report is just the start of a broader conversation about inequity in our society and the changes we need to make today.

WGBH News Transportation Reporter Bob Seay leads a conversation about equitable policies and practices with MassINC’s Dr. Tracy Corley (lead author of the research paper), and Susan A. Wood, co-author of the American Planning Association’s Planning for Equity Policy Guide.

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+ BIO: Susan A. Wood

Susan A. Wood, AICP, is based in Denver, CO where she serves as a Planning Project Manager with the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Denver metro region transit provider. At RTD, she oversees and conducts environmental studies and manages the District’s environmental compliance consistent with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Prior to joining RTD, she worked in local government, most recently as the manager of Community Outreach and Long Range Planning for Douglas County, Colorado. At the national level, Susan is the incoming APA Director for Region V; serves on APA’s Legislative and Policy Committee (recently co-chaired the APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide); and is a member of the AICP Membership Standards Committee.

+ BIO: Tracy A. Corley, PhD

Dr. Tracy A. Corley, MassINC’s Transit-Oriented Development Fellow, thrives on creating economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for people in our world’s metropolitan regions. She brings expertise in economic development, business, labor markets, architecture, law, and public policy to MassINC. As the TOD Fellow, she convenes political and community leaders to spur inclusive development in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

Prior to joining MassINC, Dr. Corley split time between Boston and the German Rhineland, conducting doctoral research on informal work in Germany’s skilled trades and crafts sector. She obtained multiple grants for this research, including German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding. The Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), and Institute for Labor, Skills and Training (IAQ) hosted her during her investigations in Germany.

Previously, Dr. Corley lived in Seattle, Washington, where she coordinated strategy and planning for Seattle Jobs Initiative, founded two consulting firms, and served as the Vice Chair of Small Business on the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Her diverse experience included work in sustainability, energy efficiency, clean technology, finance, banking, and telecommunications. She has also worked as an architect and graphic designer in Seattle, WA, and Greenville, SC.

Dr. Corley attained her B.A. in Architecture Design from Clemson University in 1995 and her M.S. in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University in 2018.

+ BIO: Bob Seay

Bob Seay is the transportation reporter for WGBH News.

He formerly hosted Morning Edition for WGBH News, and has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades. Before joining WGBH in October 2010, Bob was Morning Edition host at Rhode Island Public Radio and the director of community radio station WOMR in Provincetown. For more than 15 years, he was the news and public affairs director at WQRC in Hyannis covering Cape Cod and the islands. Bob has also worked as a host on WBUR.

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