The Color of Law: Part II


Event details:

12:00pm CDT on Friday, April 16, 2021
1:00pm CDT on Friday, April 16, 2021

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This event is open to All LAI members globally.
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As part of LAI’s 90th Anniversary project, we will explore the history of LAI and racial justice in land economics. Inspired by the book club of our Minnesota Chapter, the Global Chapter of LAI is planning a three-part series around the themes set in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.


The Color of Law: Part II

Our Public Housing Legacy -

Challenging or Perpetuating Segregation in Our Cities? - What History Tells Us!

This 2nd program in the “COLOR OF LAW” series by LAI examines how our nation’s post-war federal public housing construction program impacted – for good or bad – racial segregation in American cities. 

The 1st program threw new light on underwriting and FHA policies supporting segregation. This program turns to federal policy in cities.

Please join us for a discussion with:

Joe Nathanson - Moderator

Mr. Josef Nathanson is the retired principal of Urban Information Associates, organized to provide economic development and economic/ demographic consulting services.  Mr. Nathanson, a resident of Philadelphia’s public housing in his early years, holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a member of Lambda Alpha International since 1992 and served three years as president of the Baltimore chapter (1997-2000).

In recent years, Mr. Nathanson led consulting assignments relating to commercial revitalization, economic impact studies and workforce housing. Several studies involved meeting with and documenting the experiences of immigrant and refugee communities in Atlanta, Buffalo, and several places in Maryland. In 2003, he served as an expert witness in the landmark case, Thompson v. HUD, dealing with racially segregated public housing in Baltimore. As Director of MetroResearch for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (1992 -2002), Mr. Nathanson had overall management responsibility for the metropolitan planning agency's program of socioeconomic research.

D. Bradford Hunt, PhD

D. Bradford Hunt is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago. He previously served as VP for Research & Academic Programs at the Newberry Library where he produced Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots, winner of the 2020 National Council on Public History award. 

He is the co-author, with Jon B. DeVries, AICP, of Planning Chicago (APA Planners Press, 2013).  His book entitled Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press, 2009), won the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH).  

Since 2008, he has served on the board of the National Public Housing Museum and is a member of the Ely Chapter,  LAI.  He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Williams College. 

Angela Brooks, AICP

Angela Brooks is the Illinois Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and a passionate community advocate who brings a wealth of expertise in housing development, policy, and implementation. She previously served as a real estate development manager for the Chicago Housing Authority overseeing the redevelopment of Oakwood Shores, Harold Ickes, and Altgeld Gardens.

Angela has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from Jackson State University.

She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently serves as a National Board member of the American Planning Association and is the Past Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair. She is Vice President Membership of Ely Chapter, LAI.

Extra-credit homework: See LAI’s history timeline to learn more about Richard T. Ely and Homer Hoyt and their relationships to LAI.