The eighth annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series hosted by the city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library will run through April. In each forum, members of the public are invited to discuss sustainability efforts and challenges the Ann Arbor community faces with local stakeholders. The monthly forums will take place at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch at 343 S. 5th Ave. from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 18: Race and Class Equity in Washtenaw County
Join local experts as they explore race and class equity issues, and affordable housing in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.
According to the city of Ann Arbor:
"Ann Arbor is the eighth most socioeconomically segregated metro area in the U.S.; the second most segregated city in the nation in service class segregation; and the fifth in working class segregation. In 2010, Census data shows white residents accounted for 73% of Ann Arbor's population, just under Michigan's average of 79%, while African American residents accounted for just 8% of residents—nearly half of the state average of 14%. Ypsilanti, on the other hand, is made up of 62% white residents and 29% African American residents: a dramatic imbalance for two closely tied cities."
Dr. Tony Reames (assistant professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan),
Jen Hall (executive director, Housing Commission, City of Ann Arbor)
Alma Wheeler Smith (Former Michigan State representative and senator)
Teresa Gillotti (director, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development)