The future of our communities depends upon our ability to provide equitable growth for all.
The Just Growth issue area has grown to a powerful community engagement platform for residents of all races, incomes, and backgrounds to influence decision-making within development projects that impact them (e.g. housing, greenspace, water, transportation).
Data shows that past disparities in the development of our built environment have resulted in "Two Atlantas" - one flourishing amidst a gold rush of opportunity, spurred by decades of quality of life investments; and one left behind through disinvestment, whose progress has been obstructed by policies of structural and institutional racism such as redlining and subprime lending. Our worlds are segregated by design, and we assert that change begins with learning about this past and current legacy.
We believe that business as usual in the development of our built environment will continue to calcify these divides, leaving more generations of communities of color and low wealth locked into a future of few opportunities, transplanted in new farther-flung locations as they are displaced by the engines of traditional growth roaring towards their communities.
We invite you to take a deeper diver into the Just Growth issue area, which is working to transform the way that development happens in the American South.