Black Middle Neighborhoods in Legacy Cities, Part 2: Strategies
Join Center for Community Progress and NeighborWorks America for this discuss of Black Middle Neighborhoods in Legacy Cities.
Twenty years ago, most older American cities had many predominantly African-American ‘middle neighborhoods’—solid working- and middle-class, mostly single family, owner-occupied neighborhoods. Since then, large numbers of these neighborhoods have been hit hard by subprime lending and foreclosures, suburban flight, and the effects of the ‘segregation tax’ created by a racially segmented housing market. The session will explore the history of the Black middle neighborhood in America’s legacy cities, the forces impeding their success, and the implications of their unequal recovery on the wealth of Black households and the health of cities.
In Part One, Alan Mallach and Nedra Sims Fears addressed the history of the Black middle neighborhood in America’s legacy cities, the forces impeding their success, and the implications of their unequal recovery on the wealth of Black households and the health of cities. See Part One for more information.
In Part Two, Sims and Mallach will move from the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Black middle neighborhoods to explore strategies for their stabilization and revival, with examples of equity-focused and market-oriented stabilization efforts in Shaker Heights and Baltimore.
Nedra Sims Fears – Executive Director of Greater Chatham Initiative, Chicago, IL
Alan Mallach – Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, Washington, D.C.
About the Speakers
Nedra Sims Fears is Executive Director of the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI). Fears is an economic development expert who specializes in strategic planning, financial modeling, community development financing, and program management.
Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC. A city planner, advocate and writer, he is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization, and has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to rebuild their cities and neighborhoods.