- Hosted By:
- Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Twice in the past decade, voters in Los Angeles County have approved ballot initiatives raising sales taxes to finance transport infrastructure investments throughout the region. In the face of uneven gains and displacement risks, the Alliance for Community Transit- Los Angeles (ACT-LA), a coalition of transportation advocates, community and neighborhood groups, and work centers, has led citywide and regional campaigns to ensure that the transit investments are coupled with affordable housing and inclusive workforce and economic development policies. In this presentation, Lily Song, a lecturer in urban planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, will discuss a “design action research” project that is supporting ACT-LA’s efforts. She will discuss the possibilities, pitfalls, and strategies of advancing proactive policy and planning measures that try to serve historically marginalized communities and simultaneously seek to strengthen democratic problem-solving capacity and institutional accountability.