Beya Jimenez on Making Urbanism Antiracist

  • Reflections on her early career working on a political campaign in Lawrence, MA (6:40)
  • Her belief that housing is a root cause of many societal ills, as a social determinant of health (10:20)
  • Her thoughts on Boston as a famously racist city, and the relative lack of progress it has made from the era when it first earned that reputation (13:20)
  • How Boston focuses its pride on some communities more than others and sometimes fails to live up to its stated values on housing (17:00)
  • How Beya first was introduced to YIMBYism, and how it originally turned her off and felt like a movement where she didn’t exactly belong (27:40)
  • The story of her involvement in helping plan YIMBYTown 2018, which involved meeting with and listening to folks in the community who felt hurt by the conference plans (29:00)
  • Her advice to Black and Brown people in the pro-housing movement (36:55) and White people in the pro-housing movement (37:55)
  • What she thinks is necessary if you want to really listen to communities of color (40:25)
  • The need for us to stop using housing lingo like “80% AMI” and start merging stories and data to make the human case for housing (49:10)
  • A list of calls-to-action for folks in the pro-housing movement (56:20)
This event was proudly cohosted with Abundant Housing MA
Tune in on Tuesday, August 11th

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