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Walter D. Greason @WorldProfessor
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#thread My first exposure to planning came in my junior year of high school. I had discovered my passion for history and had worked for six years in local governance (prosecutor's office, community food co-op). #SoJustSuburbs /1
Learning urban design in a suburban context led me to ask questions about the limitations of traditional planning education. #SoJustSuburbs #SaturdaySchool /2
At the heart of these questions, I focused on the life of William Harris, a farmer worker with intellectual disabilities who worked on central NJ plantations, 1932-1961. The "rural" was rarely a factor in planning conversations. #SoJustSuburbs #SaturdaySchool /3
These communities represented a way of discussing segregation and democracy that posed new solutions to persistent problems in education, commerce, and housing. #SoJustSuburbs #SuburbanErasure /4
The evidence led me to combine Ken Jackson's #CrabgrassFrontier with Robin D.G. Kelley's #RaceRebels to analyze black towns, 1880-1950, in #SuburbanErasure. #SoJustSuburbs /5
In addition, I addressed the formation of "color-blind racism" in the emerging suburbs that erased these black communities after 1960. #SuburbanErasure #SoJustSuburbs /6
These policy patterns reinforced work by David Freund, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, June Manning Thomas, Mary Sies, David Roediger, and dozens of other scholars who focused on #whiteness. #SoJustSuburbs /7
Since 2013, I turned toward the historical understanding of #property in the US (with transnational comparisons). #SoJustSuburbs /8
I started with the problems of real estate markets with an emphasis on rural zoning practices. #SoJustSuburbs #SaturdaySchool @2ha_magazine /9
My series of critical workbooks with Kendall-Hunt provides frameworks to bring greater accountability (and financial incentives for socially just construction) into planning and real estate conversations. #SoJustSuburbs #AmericanEconomy #PlanningFutureCities /10
The #AAIHS #Property series featured prominent scholars who continue to advance this work as one aspect of the social history of capitalism. #SoJustSuburbs #IndustrialSegregation #CitiesImagined /11
Today, I'll share a range of resources on the connections between local engagement, globalization, and suburbanization. #SaturdaySchool #SoJustSuburbs /12 #morethreadsoon
#AmericanEconomy shows the ways that the commodification of Africans before 1820 laid the groundwork for the abuses of immigrant labor until 1936. Both trends set practices in place for the use of consumers as commodities since 1948. #SoJustSuburbs @realphxphenom @TropicsM
#PlanningFutureCities reveals the mechanics of urban design starting in the late 19th C, then documents the patterns of segregated suburbanization that became the template for American globalization after 1981. #SoJustSuburbs @rkeil
#IndustrialSegregation examines the consequences of both religious and scientific ideas about white supremacy shaped the processes of industrial urbanization, 1870-1950. #SoJustSuburbs @HistorianOren
#CitiesImagined shows the ways that African Americans in the late 19th C countered the institutional patterns of white supremacy in housing and economic policies, raising questions about how we've missed opportunities for equal justice since 1968. #SoJustSuburbs #BlackPanther
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