City Scripts Public Forum - Charting Renewal

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Spring 4-1-2021


architecture, city scripts, housing, redevelopment, social justice, I-81







An online panel presentation and public discussion about housing, redevelopment, social justice and the replacement of I-81.

The replacement of the I-81 viaduct in Syracuse provides new housing and economic opportunities for the neighborhoods adjacent to the highway. This symposium, “Charting Renewal,” will focus on urban design and issues of social and economic justice. This conversation will consider critical questions as the city confronts what comes next: What makes a good community? What is the relationship between public space and private development? How does good design contribute to the success of neighborhoods and the people who live there? What can we learn from successful housing models elsewhere?

This is the first of three planned events addressing housing issues in Syracuse, and will create a dialogue among and between residents, local leaders, and national experts on the history and impact of other urban revitalization projects.


Lanessa Chaplin, Esq.
Assistant Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union

Lizabeth Cohen
Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Lawrence Vale
Associate Dean and Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT

John Washington
Organizer and Political Educator, People’s Action


Devon Patton
TV News Anchor, Spectrum News

City Scripts is a partnership between the School of Architecture and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The partners hope their collaboration will help to ensure that inclusive policy and design are at the forefront of challenges facing cities in the United States and around the world. The goal of the City Scripts symposia is to create an ongoing, interdisciplinary and applied dialogue that reaches beyond the university and influences both policy and design.

The “Charting Renewal” forum is supported by The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program, the Syracuse University Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program, the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the School of Architecture, and Syracuse University. It is organized by School of Architecture Associate Professors Elizabeth Kamell and Lawrence Davis, undergraduate chair; and Maxwell School Professors Carol Faulkner, associate dean, and Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.



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