April 12, 2021

Planning Faculty Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Jason Reece testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the legacy of racial discrimination in housing.

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Jason Reece testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the legacy of racial discrimination in housing.

Many contemporary policy innovations and reforms could proactively counter the legacy of segregation in the housing market and foster reinvestment into neighborhoods that have faced historic disinvestment. Federal leadership and investment are needed to support communities and local governments who attempt to dismantle exclusionary land use regulations, open housing opportunities and foster reinvestment into historically disinvested neighborhoods. Federal leadership is needed in building capacity, fostering collaboration, fostering local innovation while assuring protection of civil rights. The federal government’s leadership could be beneficial in aligning critical infrastructure investments, supporting the implementation of fair housing programs (particularly housing mobility programs) and fostering regional planning activities and capacity building. 

Separate and Unequal:
The Legacy of Racial Discrimination in Housing
April 13, 10:00 a.m.

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Read Jason Reece’s written testimony

Professor Reece's testimony follows his research that seeks to understand the history and consequences of discrimination in housing and development.

Find more information below about Professor Reece's research and related work by the Knowlton community.