Join Urban Design Forum and Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development in conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran on strategies to combat the racial wealth gap in cities.

Throughout United States history, banking policies have shaped the dramatic racial wealth gap across the country. Today, access to capital is still tied to an anti-Blackness history which bars BIPOC communities from creating generational wealth. From redlining to predatory credit, these policies have deepened racial segregation in cities and limited access to capital, quality housing, social infrastructure, and good paying jobs. 

For the launch event of Power After the Pandemic, we welcomed respected scholar Mehrsa Baradaran to discuss: How have historic banking policies in the United States shaped the racial and spatial wealth disparities in cities? How can access to capital expand community power in order to achieve a just economic recovery?

Listen back to the conversation below:


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The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Our digital programming in the Power After the Pandemic series is open to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.

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Power After the Pandemic is made possible through the support of Citi, the supporters of the ANHD 10th Annual Community Development Conference, and the Urban Design Forum Director’s Circle. If you are interested to learn more about supporting this program, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director,

About the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development ↓

ANHD is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. Our members include more than 80 neighborhood-based affordable housing and equitable economic development organizations across New York City, and we use capacity-building, organizing, and policy advocacy to advance our mission.