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Podcast: Toni Griffin’s Keynote -- Justice and Urban Planning

Promoting equity and inclusion when working to revitalize American cities

While we're on winter hiatus we'll be publishing podcasts of some of the most compelling and challenging sessions from our October NJ Spotlight On Cities conference, as well as a podcast diary of a colleague who is struggling with breast cancer.

Toni Griffin has spent decades in urban planning and architecture, working to reshape the landscapes of Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Washington D.C., Newark and more. Today, she is a professor of architecture and the Founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture in the City College of New York.


In her keynote address for NJ Spotlight On Cities on October 16th, Griffin shared with the audience the questions that have been driving her professional and academic work in recent years. Among them: how can planners incorporate issues like equity, inclusion, belonging and access? In the following recording, hear her lessons for building a methodology that brings in the notion of “justice” as a part of urban revitalization.

Preparations are under way for our 2016 NJ Spotlight On Cities, to be held in the fall. What should we be sure to include in our second year? Do you know of an organization that’s doing wonderful things in a New Jersey city? Or an idea that’s taken root in another American city that New Jersey might try? Or an exciting speaker that we should know about? Tell us about it by emailing us at

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