ULI Philadelphia: A Conversation with Richard Rothstein


Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm EDT


ULI Philadelphia Virtual Event


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Join ULI District Councils Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington for a conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
Rothstein refutes the common notion that housing segregation in the United States is the result of millions of individual private choices and instead proves with exacting precision and fascinating insight how it is the byproduct of a century of explicit racist government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The impact has been devastating, denying generations of African Americans the constitutional right to live where they wanted, the right to raise and school their children where they thought best, and the opportunity that whites were afforded to build generational wealth through home ownership.
Following his remarks, Eleanor Sharpe, Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission will moderate questions from the audience and engage in conversation with Rothstein on the lasting impact of those policies in our cities today.
Note – Zoom access information and a calendar link will be included in your registration confirmation email from ULI Customer Service (customerservice@uli.org).



Richard Rothstein

Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, forthcoming in 2017 and available now for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other booksellers. The book expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, The Making of Ferguson. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004). He is also the author of The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998). Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (co-authored in 2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (co-authored in 2003). He welcomes comments at riroth@epi.org.


Eleanor Sharpe

Executive Director , City of Philadelphia Planning Comm / Dept. of Planning & Dev.

Eleanor Sharpe is the executive director at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She serves in a dual capacity as head of the planning commission and deputy to the director of the city's Department of Planning and Development, responsible for the Division of Planning and Zoning.