Yale Law School to Host Symposium on Urban Community Development

Yale Law School, in cooperation with the YLS Housing and Community Development Clinic and the Yale Law and Enterprise Forum, will host a symposium titled “Urban Community Development: Market, Government and Social Forces” on Friday, April 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

In recent years, competing approaches to community development have come to the fore. Increasingly, policymakers and urban community development practitioners are applying market-based solutions to the challenges of housing, education and job creation. Some critics of the market-based paradigm, however, advocate for a social program that puts a priority on engaging marginalized communities to advocate successfully for economic justice.

The symposium will begin with keynote addresses from champions of these competing positions. Subsequent panels on education, housing, retail development and job creation will examine innovative approaches to community development, focusing on the role of markets, social mobilization and government.

Symposium participants include faculty members from Yale and other academic institutions, local developers, members of local government, community organizers, educational administrators and students.

8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and breakfast (Room 122)
9:00-11:00 Key-note addresses: Market-based vs. Politically Engaged Community Development (Room 127)
11:15-12:30 Retail: Building a Sustainable Urban Marketplace (Room 120)
12:30 p.m. Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:45-3:00 Housing: Hope VI: The Right Paradigm for Affordable Housing Development?
3:15-4:30 Education: Magnets, Charters and Vouchers-how much choice?
4:45-6:00 Jobs: Is Biotech the Future of New Haven?

This symposium is free and to open to the public. Attendees are asked to pre-register on-line. Please visit http://islandia.law.yale.edu/urbandev for more information and to pre-register. For further information, contact Parviz Parvizi, 203-752-9624, parviz_parvizi@yale.edu.

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