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Social Science and Public Policy

City Scripts Public Forum – Charting Renewal

April 1, 2021 at 5:30pm7:00pm EDT

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An online panel presentation and public discussion about urban design and issues of social and economic justice related to housing, redevelopment and the replacement of the I-81 elevated highway in Syracuse.

The replacement of the I-81 viaduct in Syracuse provides new housing and economic opportunities for the neighborhoods adjacent to the highway. This symposium, “Charting Renewal: Blueprint 15 and Re-renewal” will focus on urban design and issues of social and economic justice. This conversation will consider critical questions as the city confronts what comes next: What makes a good community? What is the relationship between public space and private development? How does good design contribute to the success of neighborhoods and the people who live there? What can we learn from successful housing models elsewhere?

This is the first of three planned events addressing housing issues in Syracuse that are constructed to create a dialogue among and between residents, local leaders and national experts on the history and impact of urban revitalization projects.


  • Lanessa Chaplin, Esq., Assistant Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department at Harvard University
  • Lawrence Vale is Associate Dean and Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT Respondents:
  • John Washington, Organizer and Political Educator, People’s Action


  • Kishi Ducre, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University

City Scripts is a partnership between the School of Architecture and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The partners hope their collaboration will help to ensure that inclusive policy and design are at the forefront of challenges facing cities in the United States and around the world. The goal of the City Scripts symposia is to create an ongoing, interdisciplinary and applied dialogue that reaches beyond the university and influences both policy and design.

The “Charting Renewal” forum is supported by The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program, the Syracuse University Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program, the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the School of Architecture, and Syracuse University. It is organized by School of Architecture Associate Professors Elizabeth Kamell and Lawrence Davis, undergraduate chair; and Maxwell School Professors Carol Faulkner, associate dean, and Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.


This event was first published on February 3, 2021 and last updated on March 17, 2021.

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