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Planning Matters Presents Kristen Jeffers: Putting a Black, Urbanist, Southern Lens on a Practice of Planning and Development

March 27, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Playhouse on the Square
66 Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104 United States
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Karen Foster
(901) 231-5058


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MEMPHIS, TN – Kristen Jeffers is on a journey.

“It all started with a paper map, toy cars, devoted parents and a precocious daughter who never stopped asking questions, reading books, and telling stores about her identity, both as person and as a citizen of a city,” she writes on her website, The Black Urbanist. “Now it’s a forum for ideas, for solutions and for dreams about what our diverse cities and all the places that support them, can be.”

Kristen is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Urbanist, an outlet for her interests in promoting urban studies and community development. She holds a Master of Public Affairs focused on community and economic development from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University.

She has presented at the annual Congress for New Urbanism on civic pride, cultural diversity, and the power of grassroots in communities.  In addition, she participated on a anel panel at the 2012 UNC Global American South conference on the reverse migration of African Americans, and at the 2016 Pro Bike, Pro Walk, Pro Place conference on resilience. She is a Streetsblog Network member and featured contributor to Sustainable Cities Collective. She has also contributed articles to CityLab, Greater Yes! Weekly, Grist, Next City, Better! Towns and Cities, Urban Escapee and Urbanful.

With Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Kristen is the co-host of Third Wave Urbanism, which Next City called one of the “7 Podcasts Urbanists Should Be Listening to Now.”

Kristen will be in Memphis on March 27 to share her perspective as a young woman of color on placemaking and the development of cities. Her presentation, “Putting a Black, Urbanist, Southern Lens on A Practice of Planning and Development,” is part of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative (UMDC), featuring national planning and development experts from around the country. Planning Matters seeks to both demystify exactly what comprehensive planning is and provide locals with cutting edge ideas and best practices to enhance the Memphis 3.0 plan.

Registration begins at 4:00 pm and the program will run from 4:30-6:00 pm.

This event is free for ULI Members, $10 for Non-Members.

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