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CityWise: Breakfast with the Toulan School

CityWise is a series of lectures focusing on recent discoveries about the relationship between people and place. Examples of past CityWise lectures addressing issues of diversity and equity:

Counting at What Cost? Same Sex Demographics and the U.S. Census

Dr. Jason Jurjevich, Assistant Director, Population Research Center, Urban & Public

Affairs, will present his research on Same-Sex Demographics and the U.S. Census.
In the wake of the 1990 decision allowing unmarried individuals to identify as “unmarried partners,” the U.S. Census Bureau counted more than 600,000 Americans in same-sex unmarried-partner households in 2013. While these data provide important visibility for the LGBT community, not everyone is counted.

In this talk, Dr. Jurjevich addresses the limitations of U.S. census data by highlighting underrepresented individuals and communities, and
implications for basing policy on this data.


Black and Blue: Police-Community Relations in Portland's Albina District, 1964-1985

The tense relationship between local law enforcement and urban Black communities across the nation has historic roots in ghettoization processes. Portland is no exception. In the 1960s, because of housing discrimination, Black residents comprised more than 60 percent of some Albina District neighborhoods, yet made up just one percent of the city’s police force.

Drs. Serbulo and Gibson will describe police-community relations in Portland’s Albina District from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, and how, in response to citizen deaths at the hands of police, residents sought to stop police brutality, increase Black representation among officers, and reform law enforcement policy.



Getting Your House in Order: Closing the Racial Homeownership Gap

In her January 2013 CityWise lecture, Dr. Lisa K. Bates evaluated the Portland Housing Center's financial literacy course for African Americans and discussed how personal, family and community histories affect financial behaviors. 

Contesting Sustainability: Bicycles, Race and Place 

Professors Thad Miller and Amy Lubitlow unearthed the story of how a proposed bike lane and traffic safety project along Portland's North Williams Avenue brought to the surface a longstanding history of inequitable public investment and gentrification. 

The Winds of Change: Sociodemographic and Economic Challenges/Opportunities in the Portland Metro Area

Leaders in Portland are encountering the effects of social and demographic changes sweeping the metropolitan region. Drs. Jason Jurjevich and Shelia Martin described this transition through an examination of population growth, demographic components, and changes in racial and ethnic composition. 

The Albina District: All New and Shiny?

In her November 2011 CityWise lecture, Dr. Karen Gibson focused on the socioeconomic and structural impacts of gentrification in the Albina District, North Portland's historically black neighborhood. 


Bonner Equity Forums

The Bonner Equity events are a series of lectures, discussions, and symposia hosted by TSUSP that focus on equity in all levels of the planning process. Past Bonner Equity events include:

2011 Bonner Equity Forum: Promoting Equitable and Accountable Redevelopment: Lessons from L.A.

For the 2011 Bonner Equity Forum, TSUSP welcomed speaker Madeline Janis, co-founder and executive director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). LAANE focuses on building a stronger economy through green jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment and has pioneered a new approach to economic development, the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). For the past ten years Janis has also served on the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, which has become a national leader in the use of CBAs as a tool to promote equity and accountability in the redevelopment process.

2011 Bonner Equity Forum: Detroit: The 21st Century Challenge - A Test of Equality, Vitality, and Sustainability

The 2010 Bonner Equity Forum was a moderated discussion with Dr. Ellen Bassett of TSUSP and a panel of speakers including Dr. Robin Boyle of Wayne State University in Detroit; Ms. Linda Thomas of the Detroit community development corporation U-SNAP-BAC; and Ms. Michelle Rudd, a partner at Stoel Rives and member of the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission. Discussion topics included Detroit’s current urban challenges, how the city is moving forward, and relevant lessons for Portland.