47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 9:40am - 11:05am
FR9.40.16 The Power of Public Space: Exploring the Role of New Urban Park Spaces in Gentrification and/or Inclusion

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A growing number of cities are converting disused open spaces to parks such as rail right-of-ways (Atlanta’s BeltLine), elevated tracks (New York City’s High Line and Paris’s Coulée Verte René-Dumont), and former industrial areas (Newark’s Riverfront Park). However, best practices for promoting equity through the development of attractive new public spaces in rapidly changing low-income urban neighborhoods are hard to find. This colloquy will explore lessons for creating and measuring equitable growth in the development of urban park spaces. Discussion will center around Washington DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park, a project to build a $45 million elevated park which will span the Anacostia River by 2019, connecting the relatively affluent communities surrounding Capitol Hill on the west bank to the distressed neighborhoods, such as Anacostia, on the east bank. Declaring that the park will be a failure unless it serves the full interests of those already living in nearby neighborhoods, especially Anacostia, planners have engaged the surrounding communities in designing the park and in establishing 19 recommendations for equitable growth in housing, small business, and workforce development. Early lessons from the Park’s equitable development planning process, strategies currently underway, and the metrics being used to track results will be featured.

Peter Tatian, Urban Institute
Somala Diby, Urban Institute
Fredrica Kramer, Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council
Eric Burnstein, Urban Institute


Fredrica Kramer

Independent Researcher
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Peter Tatian

Urban Institute


Friday April 21, 2017 9:40am - 11:05am
Lakeshore B (1st Floor)