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Advancing Racial Equity in Our Communities: Fair Housing and Land Use

Join the Urban Institute for a conversation about how land-use policy plays an important role in influencing access to opportunity for people of color throughout the United States. Urban researchers have long demonstrated that Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color face systematically inequitable access to affordable housing in communities with many jobs and effective, well-funded public services. In this virtual event, we will explore how local land-use policies—particularly in the form of exclusionary zoning—inhibit millions of Black and Brown Americans’ abilities to secure stable, affordable housing and leverage housing mobility options. We will discuss what solutions could help largely Black and Brown communities thrive economically and sustainably in the context of decentralized governance, NIMBYism, racism, and inadequate public resources.



  • Yonah Freemark, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy, Urban Institute
  • Emily Liu, Director, Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services
  • Eleanor Noble, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy, Urban Institute
  • Terry Taplin, Councilmember, City of Berkeley, California
  • Monique King-Viehland, Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy, Urban Institute (moderator)





The Urban Institute works across policy centers and practice areas, partnering with communities across the country to identify more equitable and sustainable policy solutions. Our researchers study the inequities caused by systemically racist policies that have long affected communities and work to find solutions that advance racial equity, build resilience, and bring community members into the process of economic development. In this series, Advancing Racial Equity in Our Communities, Urban will showcase our research and evaluation that are advancing racial equity in six of our research practice areas: fair housing, land use, and transportation; housing as a foundation; community and economic development; cities and neighborhoods; ending homelessness; and climate and communities.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Principal Research Associate
    Research Director, Land Use Lab at Urban
  • Research Analyst
  • Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy