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How Race Shapes the American City

From public spaces to mass transit, housing to architecture, American cities have rarely been reflective of the people who live there.

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Decades of discriminatory policy and planning decisions have kept many American urban centers segregated and inequitable. In this curated reading list, Fortune staff writer Aric Jenkins examines how race continues to shape the design and infrastructure of American cities—from public spaces to mass transit, housing to architecture—and considers solutions to help make cities more reflective of the people who live there.

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Amina Yasin
The Tyee

Planners and urbanists, it’s time to reckon with the racism rampant in city building. Here are four actions to take.

Aric Jenkins

Aric Jenkins is an articles editor at The Ringer, where he covers pop culture and sports. He has previously worked as a staff writer at Fortune and Time. A Philadelphia native, Jenkins now resides in Brooklyn and spends his free time watching soccer, taking film photographs, and reading about medieval history.