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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How Better Homes in America—a collaboration between Herbert Hoover and the editor of a conservative women’s magazine—promoted idealized whiteness.
Placemaker and author Jay Pitter argues for an equity-based understanding of urban density during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044. But Census data show most of our neighbors are the same race.
Conversations in the world of design and urban planning can often get tied up on issues such as bike lanes and height limits, without considering the larger inequities our cities perpetuate — such as the ways in which the public space is policed.
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.