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Planning and Inequality after Ferguson: A Reflection on Policy and Practice

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Lecture Theatre 250, Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney

148 City Rd

Darlington, NSW 2006

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The United States has been undergoing unprecedented turmoil and calls for change following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014. The callous disrespect for his life and the residents in the neighborhood lit a fire within the social justice community, sparking protests and outrage that quickly spread across the country. Dr. Coffin will discuss the unexamined role that planning played (or didn’t play) in creating these systems of inequality. Using Ferguson, Missouri as a backdrop, she will explore the challenges that concentrated poverty creates for communities.

Dr. Sarah L. Coffin is an associate professor of planning and development at Saint Louis University in St Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on the spatial impacts of planning and development decisions on distressed communities. She has published work that considers the role that tax increment financing plays in the distribution of resources and investment across metro areas in the US. She has also published work that examines the impact of brownfields on distressed communities. Dr. Coffin has a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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