Neighborhood segregation and displacement are primary concerns when transit infrastructure is implemented. It is a national phenomenon across the United States, creating highly racialized challenges in major municipalities. Economic, education, and health disparity are characteristic of neighborhoods with a high minority population. Government sanctioned segregation provides a framework to understand how minority neighborhoods where designed to produce multiple social disparities on racial lines, historically targeting local communities of color.
Insite consultants seeks to support this process of equitable engagement, by engaging both community leaders as well as City stakeholders in creative place-making efforts meant to offer an alternative form of civic engagement. We use a series of creative dialogue and power-sharing workshops to build trust and open lines of communication to co-create ideas and policies.
Major cities are trying to address these challenges through equitable transit oriented development projects; locally the city of Phoenix has adopted our own version through the South Central Light Rail Expansion project into South Phoenix. This offers an opportunity for the Phoenix community to reimagine an approach to community design that can contribute to undoing the generational effects of government sanctioned segregation. “ If we understand housing segregation occurred because the federal government and state and local governments insisted upon it as a matter of open explicit policy, then we recognize that not only do we have an opportunity but a constitutional obligation to address the housing patterns that exist in this country and separate the races.” –Richard Rothstein (interview with fresh air)