ULI Washington: Exclusionary Zoning and Segregation: The Cost of Doing Nothing


2023-03-09T12:00:00 - 2023-03-09T13:00:00

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    Join us as Sheryll D. Cashin, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights & Social Justice at Georgetown University, discusses how  local government, largely through zoning, perpetuates segregation and facilitates affluent majority white space. Prof. Cashin will examine approaches for addressing boundary maintenance and exclusion and propose how we may achieve an opportunity society for all.

    Join ULI Washington for the first of a series of insightful presentations and discussions analyzing the history and maintenance of exclusionary zoning and segregation, their impact on race relations and politics today, and highlighting solutions to address these damaging practices. 

    The series was sparked by a two-part report released by McGuire Woods on their in-depth study of zoning laws and housing segregation in Virginia, outlining specific policy reforms to eliminate discriminatory housing policies that perpetuate racial disparities. Click here for more information and links to access Parts I and II of the report.

    This program is eligible for one hour of AIA and AICP CEU credit.

    Featured speaker and noted author Professor Sheryll Cashin, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at Georgetown University, will explain the concept of residential caste and give examples that illustrate how local government, largely through zoning, perpetuates segregation and facilitates affluent majority white space by insulating it from density and diverse populations. Professor Cashin will demonstrate how this boundary maintenance alters race relations and politics, reinforcing anti-Black bias and the hoarding of resources and opportunity. 

    Professor Cashin's latest book — White Space, Black ‘Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality— is about the role of residential segregation in producing racial inequality.  She is also the author of Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Beacon, 2017), which explores the history and future of interracial intimacy, how white supremacy was constructed and how “culturally dexterous” allies undermine it, and Place Not Race (Beacon, 2014), which recommended radical reforms of selective college admissions in order to promote robust diversity and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015, and The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs, 2004), which explored the persistence and consequences of race and class segregation and was an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review.

    Professor Cashin is a three-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005, 2009, and 2018), and has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for Politico Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, The Root, and other media. She serves as board member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and is the former Vice Chair of the board of Building One America, a network of local, multiracial coalitions that promote social inclusion, racial justice and sustainable economic opportunity, especially in distressed places. Click here to read Professor Cashin’s full bio.