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Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum | Race and Class Equity in Washtenaw County


Thursday April 18, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby


Ann Arbor is the eighth most socioeconomically segregated metro area in the U.S.; the second most segregated city in the nation in service class segregation; and the fifth in working class segregation. In 2010, Census data shows white residents accounted for 73% of Ann Arbor's population, just under Michigan's average of 79%, while African American residents accounted for just 8% of residents—nearly half of the state average of 14%. Ypsilanti, on the other hand, is made up of 62% white residents and 29% African American residents: a dramatic imbalance for two closely tied cities. Housing is a social determinant of health so where you live matters. Join local experts as we delve into the issues and opportunities surrounding race and class equity throughout Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Tony Reames (Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan), 
  • Jen Hall (Executive Director, Housing Commission, City of Ann Arbor)
  • Alma Wheeler Smith (Former Michigan State Representative and Senator)
  • Teresa Gillotti (Director, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development)  

Sustainable Ann Arbor is an annual series presented by the City of Ann Arbor and hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library. The series includes four events held monthly through April, each with a focus on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

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