It Takes a Village to Make a City: Why We Need Equity in Urban Planning


July 17, 2020

Join MassINC and the WGBH Network Forum for our next TTOD Talk on July 17 at 9:30 a.m.! 
It Takes a Village to Make a City: Why We Need Equity in Urban Planning 
A dynamic conversation on the urgency of community-centric planning - and how to implement it. 

What: It Takes a Village to Make a City: Why We Need Equity in Urban Planning - A virtual event presented by the WGBH Forum Network 

When: Friday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. 

Where: Zoom virtual webinar 


  • WGBH Reporter Bob Seay 
  • MassINC's Dr. Tracy Corley 
  • City of Providence Director of Sustainability Leah Bamberger 
  • 128 Business Council's Monica Tibbits-Nutt; 
  • Providence Racial and Environmental Justice (REJC) Committee Operations Director Pol Tavares 

More about the event:

To address the exclusion of people of color in urban planning that perpetuates and institutionalizes patterns of harm, MassINC has proposed a new practice called Joint Local Planning—community-centric and coordinated district, municipal, and regional planning—as a remedy for historically exclusive processes and inequitable outcomes. But what is community-centric planning, why do we need it, and how is it done?

Join Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Leah Bamberger and Pol Tavares as they share with MassINC’s Dr. Tracy Corley and WGBH News Transportation Reporter Bob Seay how they have helped transform community engagement in urban planning across North America. They’ll share examples of how past planning efforts have created systems that marginalize Black, Indigenous, and people of color in cities large and small while describing their successes with bottom-up planning processes and outcomes. The group will also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted planning efforts—especially in smaller, Gateway Cities—and why urban residents cannot wait for the end of the pandemic to take ownership of planning their neighborhoods, municipalities, and communities. 

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning