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Mellon Forum | Race, Real Estate, and Architecture

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Race, Real Estate, and Architecture
Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz (Princeton-Mellon Initiative)
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (African American Studies)

Thursday, October 15
12:00pm / School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium


The Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment welcomes Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz (Princeton-Mellon Distinguished Fellow) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (African American Studies) for a discussion on Real Estate, Race, and Architecture.

Real Estate and Race-Making in Chicago's Black and Latino Lawndales
Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

The divergence between fast-growing Latino South Lawndale and gradually shrinking African American North Lawndale is often spoken of in racialized terms. But this conceals a more fundamental reality: the role of real estate agents and mortgage lenders in extending credit to some while denying it to others.

The Murder of American Cities: Race, Profit and Black Housing in the 1970s
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s research looks at the relationship between private institutions and government agencies in the formation of United States housing policy in the 1960s and 1970s and its effects in African American communities.  More broadly, Taylor is concerned with capital’s imprint on public policy making in the United States and the necessary limits, constraints and consequences that are produced as a result. She is currently working on a manuscript under contract with the University of North Carolina Press titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s.