Alex Schafran

Sidney Smith Hall, Room SS5017 | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core?

This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color. The responsibility for this newly segregated geography lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum, as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns.

About the speaker: Alex Schafran, PhD, is Lecturer in Urban Geography at the University of Leeds. A planner, geographer and urbanist, and his  research focuses on the contemporary restructuring and retrofitting of urban regions, with a particular emphasis on the changing dynamics of race, class and segregation across space and place. Born and raised in California, he spent a decade as an immigrant rights and housing activist in California and New York before becoming an academic. More information about his work can be found at http://www.alexschafran.com/

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