Westside Urban Forum – How to Ensure That Development Benefits Minority Communities

In Los Angeles County, with its long history of redlining and other racist land use policies, minority communities sorely need new real estate development. However, new development may be fraught with risks for both communities and developers. Numerous questions arise, such as who defines and weighs the community needs relative to the development opportunities? What are the real effects of “revitalization” on low-income and minority neighborhoods? How can developers and community members work together to ensure redevelopment addresses the needs of existing residents?

A supercharged real estate market has made the process of answering these questions much more complicated and the stakes higher. Developers must answer to investors seeking a financial return, and yet they must also listen and respond to the specific needs of the community, lest they motivate a backlash that torpedoes their project altogether. For communities, on the other hand, a major development may feel like a hostile takeover with the threat of gentrification and displacement.

Much of the above is currently playing out on in the areas around Crenshaw Boulevard, with the pending arrival of the new Crenshaw/LAX light rail. What would equitable redevelopment in this area look like? And more generally, what have we learned about the complex challenges in redressing the structural racism that historically and currently drives urban inequities for people of color?

October 28, 2020 from 12pm-1pm (Via Zoom) 

Vanessa Delgado
Azure Development, Inc.

Dr. Belinda Allen
Executive Director
West Angeles Community Development Corporation

Derek Fleming
Senior Advisor
HR&A Advisors, Inc.

John Gonzales
Board of Directors
Baldwin Hills Homeowners Association

Donahue Peebles
Development Executive
The Peebles Corporation

While WUF is pleased to present this event at no charge, as a non-profit organization we are dependent upon donations in order to continue our monthly programming. Please keep this in mind when registering for the event, as contributions of any amount are appreciated.

To make a contribution or to register for the event, go to https://www.westsideurbanforum.com/

Online registration will close on October 28th @ 9am.

Zoom information will be sent to all participants on the morning of October 28th.

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