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Clarkson Week in Planning with Todd Swanstrom

Thick Injustices: Buffalo, Baltimore, and Ferguson

Community Conversation

Thursday, October 29, 2015
6-8 PM

King Urban Life Center Chruch
938 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY

Police brutality and racial tensions in Baltimore and Ferguson warned us that across America, inner city neighborhoods and poor suburbs are still struggling with a chronic urban crisis: structural racism, inequitable distribution of metropolitan wealth, inadequate schooling, joblessness, low-incomes, poverty, bad housing, police brutality, and declining neighborhoods. Noted urbanist Todd Swanstrom frames these issues as “thick injustices.” On Thursday, October 29, Dr. Swanstrom will sit down with a group of Buffalo’s leaders and thinkers, along with community members, to discuss the relationship between Buffalo, Baltimore and Ferguson.

The conversation will include a discussion of causes, solutions, and next steps.

Free and open to the public. For more information: or 716-829-5910 


  • Rahwa Ghirmatzion - PUSH BUffalo
  • L. NatHan Hare - CAO - Erie County
  • Sam MaGavern - Partnership for Public GOod
  • James Pitts - James Pitts Planning & Development
  • Pastor Kinzer Pointer - Greater Buffalo United Ministries