Comprehending Charlotte symposium explores growth and consequences

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
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What: Comprehending Charlotte symposium

Historians, environmental scientists, urban designers, and planners will discuss implications of urban growth and potential futures at a symposium co-sponsored by the College of Arts + Architecture's City Building Lab, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the Capitalism Studies program, and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Guest speakers include Brian McCammack, associate professor of Environmental Studies at Wake Forest University; Linda Samuels, associate professor of urban design at Washington University in St. Louis; Toni L. Griffin, professor in practice of urban planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera; and Tom Hanchett, local historian. 

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Friday, April 29
9 am - 3 pm


The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City
320 East 9th Street


Free and open to the public

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Detailed description

Charlotte has experienced tremendous growth in the last 40 years. This growth has been so remarkable that politicians, city planners, and the voting public have decided that this growth needs to be directed, casting aside the idea that organization by market forces along will provide maximum benefits for all urban stakeholders. Comprehending Charlotte will look to the past of urban development in America in order to help inform best directions for the future. This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

9 am Registration

9:15 am Opening Remarks
Jason L. Newton

9:30 - 11 am, Session 1: Green Growth in the City

Brian McCammack

Doug Shoemaker
Dimple Ajmera
Fushcia-Ann Hoover

11 - 11:30 am, Intermission with snacks and refreshments in the lobby

11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Session 2, People on the Move: Mobility, Transportation, and Class
Linda Samuels
David Goldfield
Tarik Kiley
Ely Portillo

1 - 2 pm, Lunch break.
Lunch is not included but there will be snacks and refreshments in the lobby

2 pm - 3:30 PM, Session 3, The Power of Real Estate: Capitalism, Gentrification, and Segregation
Toni L. Griffin
Commenters: Tom Hanchett
Candace Miller
Nadia Anderson