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MEDIA ADVISORY: Leaders to Address Issues Facing Cities

Dec. 1, 2017
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906 / Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: Leaders representing about 45 U.S. cities and urban scholars will convene to discuss new research on critical issues for metro areas during the 21st Century Neighborhoods: Research. Leadership. Transformation symposium, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative.

WHEN: Monday December 4th and Tuesday December 5th.

WHERE: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Confronting violence and crime session: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5
A discussion of new research on the role community organizations play in reducing violence and crime in cities. NYU sociology professor Pat Sharkey will preview his forthcoming book, Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence.
Panelists: Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando; Brandon Scott, Baltimore councilman; Shirley Franklin, CEO of Purpose Built Communities; and Sharkey.

Racial wealth gap workshop: 1:30 p.m.  Dec. 5
A workshop focusing on the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, a project of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center at Duke University that is documenting the magnitude of racial and ethnic disparities in wealth in the United States. The study initially focused on Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C., and at the workshop, the team will release findings for Baltimore.

New mayors and their visions: 6 p.m. Dec 4
Millennial mayors — all in their mid-30s and elected within the last year — will discuss strategies for closing the racial wealth gap, supporting safe and healthy neighborhoods, and their visions for inclusive and innovative cities.
Panelists: Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Missisippi; Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond, Va; Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, Calif; Richard Irvin, Mayor of Aurora, Ill.; Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins political science professor

Economic segregation: 9 a.m. Dec 5
The panel will consider the role of local policies relating to housing, schools, economic development, and public safety in driving and addressing economic segregation. New research, which will be presented, shows that neighborhood inequality is growing faster than household inequality.
Panelists:  Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski; Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras Baraka Mayor; Erik Solivan, Director of Denver’s Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere; Paul Jargowsky, Rutgers University sociology professor; Michael McAfee, PolicyLink president.

AGENDA DETAILS: http://www.21stcenturyneighborhoods.org/agenda/
Related materials: http://www.21stcenturyneighborhoods.org/materials/

BACKGROUND: More than 250 city leaders and experts from across the U.S. attended the inaugural 21st Century Neighborhoods Symposium in 2016. Videos of presentations and white papers from that event: http://www.21stcenturyneighborhoods.org/post-symposium-updates/

Members of the media who expect to attend must RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906 or 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu.

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