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Join Jason Hackworth, University of Toronto professor of geography and planning, for a discussion of race and racism as active causes of urban decline in America.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus
Despite the considerable overlap between the presence of non-white people and generalized population (and capital) flight in a variety of national contexts, the urban decline literature almost entirely ignores race and racism as active causes of urban shrinkage. Most literature focuses on conventional economic explanations and solutions. This presentation, which is based on material from the book: Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt (2019, Columbia University Press), explores the role of racism as an active cause of economic distress, declining cities and their often non-white citizens are actively constructed as virtual bêtes noires to advance conservative political interventions.
AIA and AICP continuing education credits pending
Jason Hackworth is a professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto. His focus is broadly on urban political economy with a North American focus. He is the author of three books: The Neoliberal City (2007, Cornell University Press), Faith Based (2012, University of Georgia Press), and Manufacturing Decline (2019, Columbia University Press).
Pictured is an area within the United States' once-powerful "Rust Belt" territory. The Rust Belt began to experience industrial decline during the late 20th Century. Leftover, one can observe the urban decay and remnants of the diminishing industrial sector.
Former U.S. president Ronald Regan addresses streetwise citizens of the Bronx's notoriously distressed Charlotte Street neighborhood. Many politicians visited the site but few did anything to improve conditions. Photo courtesy of Jason Hackworth