Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
In this episode, the second of a two-part discussion on the economics of urban segregation, Dr. Henry Louis Taylor introduces the concept of the “just city.” He illustrates the contrasts between the just city and the underdeveloped urban communities that permeate the United States today. He also outlines the important role that social work must play in the development of just communities. Finally, using his research and experience in Cuba as a framework, Dr. Taylor describes how a society with very limited resources has been able to create highly developed communities to meet the needs of its inhabitants and, in doing so, place people over profits.
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr, PhD, is professor and founding director of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation, and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos. His research also focuses on these issues in Cuba, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America. Lastly, Dr. Taylor is concerned with the redevelopment of shrinking cities and metropolitan cities, with a focus on social, economic, and racial justice. Dr. Taylor coordinates the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Specialization and teaches courses in central city revitalization; urban management; and race, class, gender, and the city.
Interviewer: Caitlin Beck