Over the past two decades, more than a quarter of a million units of public housing have been demolished or sold off across the United States. Join us as Professor Edward Goetz discusses how race and real estate have driven the dismantling of the nation’s oldest program of housing assistance to very low-income families. Professor Goetz will explain how the dismantling of public housing has played out in cities across the nation. Often couched in terms of improving the social and economic conditions of public housing residents, the dismantling of the program has produced quite different results. As hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced, many relocated to other disadvantaged and segregated areas, local officials have attempted to maximize the community benefits of gentrification in neighborhoods formerly dominated by public housing. Edward Goetz is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on affordable housing and community development policy and planning, especially the role of race and poverty in the development and implementation of affordable housing policy. His most recent book is New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing Policy, published by Cornell University Press in 2013. He is also author of Clearing the Way: Deconcentrating the Poor in Urban America (Urban Institute Press, 2003) for which he won the Paul Davidoff award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2005. RSVP now!