Inequity Meets the Ground: Local Stories

TUE, NOV 15, 2016

This session covers the inequitable impact of specific planning and design choices on Boston’s local communities. Panelists will discuss moments in history that have impacted them and their communities, and provide historical background as to how defining decisions got made. They will also address intervention points for the future, as designers and planners work to mitigate problems created in the past. The goal of this session is to foster understanding in the implications of specific design decisions on aspects of inequity in the Boston area; local dynamics that produce design and planning decisions with adverse consequences for social equity; and points in which design and planning professionals might intervene to be forces for greater equity

+ BIO: Jim Vrabel

Jim Vrabel is a former newspaper reporter and municipal official, a longtime community activist, and a Boston historian. He was a founder of the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation on Mission Hill and of the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, and he served as assistant director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, executive assistant to the Boston School Committee, and senior research associate and editor at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

+ BIO: Iván Espinoza Madrigal

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal (@IvanEspinozaESQ) is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. In a decade as a public interest lawyer, Iván has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation
Design for Equity in Boston