Making of Metropolitan Inequality Lectures
The making of metropolitan inequality explores the policies and processes that segregated our metropolitan regions. This talk focuses on 20th century development policies, how they were designed to segregate our society, and what policies and processes have been utilized to maintain that segregation over time. Key topics that are covered include, housing, development, and education policies, neighborhood and school segregation, the role of jurisdictions, and the impacts of these policies and processes on our metropolitan opportunity landscape.
Time: 1.5 hours
This student-centered version of the making of metropolitan inequality lecture was adapted with the help of Derek Burtch, an English teacher at Olentangy Liberty and co-founder of Erase the Space. This lecture breaks down the processes that created metropolitan inequality, explaining them in an accessible format for students of all ages. This lecture has an activity that can accompany it to enable students to engage with these concepts and each other as they learn the history of how and why so much of metropolitan space remains segregated to this day. Time: can be modified to be completed within a class period.
The Formation of Metropolitan Space
The formation of metropolitan space explores the policies and processes that segregated our metropolitan regions through the lens of the creation of suburban spaces. This talk focuses on 20th century development policies, how they were designed to segregate our society, and what policies and processes have been utilized to maintain that segregation over time, highlighting the role of white flight in the creation of the suburbs. The creation of suburban space is explored through three distinct phases of white flight. Key topics that are covered include, housing, development, and education policies, the role of white flight in creating neighborhood and school segregation, metropolitan competition, and the impacts of these policies and processes on our metropolitan opportunity landscape.
Time: 1.5 hours
Making of Metropolitan Inequality Lecture Pricing
These talks are free to all Erase the Space partner educators, their buildings, and school districts as well as all Kirwan Institute community partners, OSU faculty, and Columbus area non-profit organizations as part of the Kirwan Institute’s effort to fulfill our Land Grant mission. Requests outside of Central Ohio will require travel reimbursement, conference fee coverage (if applicable) and lodging (if staying overnight).
To inquire about scheduling a making of metropolitan inequality lecture, please contact Glennon Sweeney via email or phone: 614-688-1612
Neighborhood History and Development Tours
Understanding metropolitan inequality, and the processes that drive it can be easier when we are actually experiencing metropolitan space. The Kirwan Institute’s Neighborhood History and Development Tour series explores the development history of Columbus neighborhoods and relates past policies and laws to current opportunity conditions, providing necessary context for working in partnership with communities that have experienced decades of disinvestment. Focusing on the concept of dividing lines, these tours emphasize the role of jurisdictional authority and policy in creating disparities that can be literally seen from one side of the street to the other. The Kirwan Institute has three tours that can be adapted to accommodate groups of different sizes and tours of differing lengths. We can accommodate groups ranging in size from 12-54 and tours vary in length. Lunch is included in the full day tour and the Kirwan Institute has developed partnerships with local Black-owned restaurants who provide excellent meals during which tour participants can enjoy a meal and discussion with Kirwan facilitators. Tour pricing can be found below the tour descriptions.
Urban History and Development
This tour explores Columbus’ core urban neighborhoods, their history, and the policies and processes that contributed to their current conditions. The number of communities visited will depend upon the length of the tour. These neighborhoods include but are not limited to Weinland Park, the Short North, Franklinton, the South Side, King-Lincoln, Milo-Grogan, South Linden, and Clintonville. We are willing to work with partners to include specific urban neighborhoods of interest in this tour. The urban history and development tours are either 4 or 7 hours long.
Getting Around Brown Suburban History and Development Tour
This tour explores the unique landscape of jurisdictional authority and school district boundaries in suburban Columbus, focusing on the policies and processes that have created suburban space and the school districts of Central Ohio. The number of communities visited will depend upon the length of the tour. These neighborhoods include Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Westgate, Hilltop, Urbancrest, Hanford Village, Bexley, North Linden, Northland, New Albany, Crosswood, Worthington, Dublin, Bridge Park, Grove City, Southwestern Columbus, among others. We are willing to work with partners to include specific suburban neighborhoods of interest in this tour. The getting around brown suburban history and development tours are either 4 or 7 hours long.
Combined Urban and Suburban History and Development Tour
This tour combines both the urban and suburban tour and is a full-day 7 hour tour that will include lunch. Exploring the history, policies, and processes that created the opportunity landscape that we currently experience in metropolitan Columbus. We are willing to work with partners to attempt include specific neighborhoods of interest in this tour. Because this tour combines the urban and suburban tours, we may not be able to accommodate all neighborhood requests and adequately cover the material.
Housing Advocacy History and Development Tour
These short tours focuses specifically on housing in metropolitan Columbus and was designed specifically to help affordable housing advocates understand the opportunity landscape in Central Ohio as it relates to affordable housing and equity. We are willing to work with partner to include specific neighborhoods of interest in this tour. The housing advocacy history and development tours are either 2 or 3 hours long.
Neighborhood History and Development Tour Pricing
The Kirwan Institute seeks to be accessible a diverse array of actors in Central Ohio. As such, our tour pricing include individual, internal (OSU), Non-Profit, and For-Profit rates which are available upon request. The Kirwan Institute contracts with a company to supply the buses for these tours and cannot control that price. We strongly recommend that you engage a large group if you would like to contract a bus as the rates are lower per person the larger the bus. We are happy to use a bus that you supply and can discuss rates if that is the case.
To inquire about scheduling a tour, please contact Glennon Sweeney via email or phone: 614-688-1612