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Housing as a Tool for Urban Redevelopment

Using History to Inform the Housing Challenges of 21st Century Cities

Join us for a discussion about housing’s role in driving urban development over the last several decades and what local partnerships and solutions look like today. Using a newly released book by Lizabeth Cohen, Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, as a launch point, our conversation will bring together DC-based housing and development practitioners and policymakers to discuss how they work together to catalyze housing as a tool for equitable and effective urban redevelopment.


  • Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University
  • Kimberly Driggins, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy
  • Jamie Gorelick, Board Chair, Urban Institute and Partner, WilmerHale
  • Ramon Jacobson, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation DC
  • Lance Loethen, Vice President, Research, Opportunity Finance Network
  • Tom Nida, Executive Vice President, Market Executive, City First Bank
  • Sasha-Ann Simons, Reporter, Race and Identity, WAMU
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Senior Director, Urban–Greater DC, Urban Institute



The Urban Institute hosts engaging conversations with of-the-moment artists and authors through film screenings, book releases, and other events that connect policy decisions to communities and bring evidence to life. 


Registration and reception will be available at 5:00 p.m. Networking reception to continue after the program.

Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • Senior Director, Urban–Greater DC
  • Partner, WilmerHale