RegionSmart and ULI Memphis are committed to be a catalyst for local change in our industry and in our diverse communities. To start this work, we have created a 21-Day Challenge. The goal is to spend time both personally reflecting and in groups to identify real actions we can take individually, at our company/organization, and as a community to address the inequities in the real estate industry.
Week Three: Here in Memphis
Complete 7 of the following tasks:
We encourage everyone to do #8 and #9
Watch the video or study the slides from this 2019 presentation on Shelby County’s stats and recommendations around Equitable Development: Disruptive Demographics, Vulnerable Populations, and City Competitiveness with Dr. Jim Johnson. It’s the first one on the page.
Watch Black Lives Matters at Work An interview with Darrel Cobbins.
Read National Expert Says Redlining is Alive & Well in Memphis. Get the PDF here.
Watch Chapter 6 of In the Absence about Affordable Housing in Memphis. Note: This is a special showing for this challenge and the link will only be available until September 1st.
Study the Redlining Map of Memphis. Plan a route to do a driving tour tomorrow to study a red-lined neighborhood on the map. Curious how other cities compare and/or you love maps: check out more work from the University of Richmond.
- Drive, bike or walk around a red-lined neighborhood. Ask yourself these questions:
- Can you still observe the impact of the redlining maps?
- What do you notice?
- How would you describe the resources in a red lined neighborhood?
- How accessible is the neighborhood to jobs, connectivity, schools, and/or greenspace?
- Is there a sense of arrival? Is it welcoming?
- How does this impact our larger community?
- Attend a Discussion Group: Please register for the session you plan to attend so we can staff up appropriately for small group discussions. Join other challenge participants in a forum to share learnings and ideas for actionable change. Please register by clicking on the links:
Happy Hour Thursday, August 6, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Coffee Hour Friday, August 7, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Week Three Questions for Personal Reflection and Discussion Groups:
- What did you learn about our community that was surprising? Changed your perspective? Was new information?
- How do you think redlining impacts real estate development in Memphis today?
- What do you think it will take to change the impact? What you can you do as an industry professional? Or what can your company or organization do?
Please Register for our Culminating Event:
Wednesday, August 19: What Do We Do Next? Join us from 1:00 – 2:30pm as we discuss next steps and what role RegionSmart & ULI can play in supporting actions to bring about Change.
We look forward to our discussions and to the collective actions we identify that we can take to push an Equitable Development Agenda forward for Memphis and the MidSouth.
The Equitable Development Committee of RegionSmart & ULI Memphis: Roshun Austin, John Cameron, Anna Holtzclaw, Scott Kern, Henry Minor, Frank Ricks, Alex Willis, and Paul Young