Smart Growth Equity Discussion Guides

The Equity Summit and Equity Forum Discussion Guides provide a way for smart growth advocates— whether you participated in our programs or not—to take the compelling content and turn it into action and tangible change in your community.

2021 Equity Summit Discussion Guides

Equity 101
How smart growth principles increase equity in our communities

Supporting Black and Brown businesses is a key to smart growth
Equity is a key, strategic factor in the overall success of our communities. This is why smart growth targets investment to Black and Brown-owned businesses because they are vital to the vibrancy and authenticity of a place; making it a place where people want to live, visit, and work.

Dismantling exclusionary power structures
To effectively dismantle exclusionary power structures, those with the power must follow the lead of those closest to the problems and invest in their success by actively supporting participation in political and economic decision-making.

Repairing the harm caused by the interstate highway system
The interstate highway system ripped through the heart of many thriving Black and Brown communities, forever impacting economic and social opportunities for those communities and creating durable physical barriers that persist today.

2022 Equity Summit Discussion Guides

Community revitalization through behavioral economics
Why do residents leave their neighborhoods or wish they could leave? By turning the focus inward, with talent retention strategies, reframing how we talk about poverty, and the creation of spaces and places people value, community revitalization can be realized.

Planning for equitable climate adaptation
Communities that have been historically marginalized by land use, lending, and planning policies are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.

Transportation and data
Technology must be paired with the right policies.

Better neighborhoods, same neighbors
The pursuit for justice is also a pursuit for prosperity. The decades-long rise in demand for living and working in walkable places—especially with good access to transit—is good news, for our health, our economy, and the fight against climate change. However, too often current residents of these neighborhoods are left behind or pushed out.

2022 Equity Forum Discussion Guides

Equity Forum: Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment

Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment: Vision & Strategies

Brownfields Redevelopment & Community Empowerment

Equity Forum: Upending Cultural Displacement

Protecting and Preserving Culture During Change