About The Black Urbanist
My (late) dad was a key influence in me being interested in the city. We used to bike around our working-class neighborhood, walk to the neighborhood ballpark and go downtown to all the festivals. He also took me to more school buildings than I would care to share. In essence, I grew up with a love of architecture, graded streets, trees, buses, trains and lots of other things in the urban environment. Now I bring this to you in a format that is straightforward about who I am, a black urbanist, a young woman of African-American descent who likes all things built environment, especially when it comes to cities. Lately I’ve seen a lot of material that made me realize that it’s important to recognize and incorporate my culture into my blogging on the built environment.
What this blog is NOT:
- A hip-hop blog. It’s time we stopped equating urban culture with black culture. While black culture is a part of urban culture, it’s not the whole picture. However, there will be the occasional hip-hop song as deemed appropriate.
- A complete slam of suburban and rural living. I’m all for better design, communities and planning, no matter if you are highly dense or you are un-incorporated.
- The only opinion from a person of color (or any person) on these issues. Check out the guest post section. If you want to submit one, click here.
What this blog IS:
- A chance to present all these issues above and highlight folks of color engaged in all these areas.
- A chance for me to frame my ideas on the issues within my own cultural background.
- A learning experience.
- A chance to change the world.
About Kristen E. Jeffers
Kristen E. Jeffers is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Urbanist, a project of The Kristen Jeffers Media Group. She holds a Master of Public Affairs focused on community and economic development from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University.
She is the author of the e-book Killing the Civic Inferiority Complex (second edition in production). She is a regular presenter at the annual Congress for New Urbanism on civic pride, cultural diversity, and the power of grassroots in communities. In addition, she participated on a panel at the 2012 UNC Global American South conference on the reverse migration of African Americans. She is a Streetsblog Network member and featured contributor to Sustainable Cities Collective. She has also contributed articles to the [Greensboro] News & Record, The Atlantic Cities, Grist, Next City, Better! Towns and Cities, and Urban Escapee.
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