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The Impact of Redlining on Black Americans

Thu, Mar 25, 2021    1pm

The Impact of Redlining on Black Americans

Andre Perry, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy program of the Brookings Institute and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities; Kevin McGruder (‘84 MBA), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History at Antioch College and author of Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920(Columbia University Press, June 2015); and Brian Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College and author of The Roots of Urban Renaissance were joined in conversation by Diane Branch, JD ('03 MSRED). Introduction by Patrice Derrington, Holliday Associate Professor and Director of GSAPP’s Real Estate Development Program.

Redlining and Real Estate is the first in the Addressing Racism in Real Estate seminar series organized by the Master of Science in Real Estate program at Columbia GSAPP. Co-organized by the Columbia University Black Alumni Council


Diane Branch (‘03 MS.RED) is an Associate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is an alumnus of Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Real Estate Development (MS.RED) Program. Diane is co-author of a Seed Grant for the development a series of seminars on Real Estate and Black Americans. The Redlining Webinar is the first of the series.

She earned a BA in Education from the State University of New York-New Paltz and received an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University. She achieved a Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School. Diane earned a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University where her thesis was on “Tax Increment Financing for Economic Development.” She is admitted to the New York State Bar and holds a New York State Associate Broker License.


Brian D. Goldstein is an architectural and urban historian and assistant professor of architectural history at Swarthmore College. His research focuses on the intersection of the built environment, race and class, and social movements, especially in the United States. His writing includes the book The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard, 2017) and articles appearing in the Journal of American History, Journal of Urban History, and the edited volumes Reassessing Rudolph (Yale School of Architecture, 2017) and Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream (Johns Hopkins, 2014). He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Society of Architectural Historians, Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Goldstein received his PhD from Harvard University and taught previously at the University of New Mexico and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kevin McGruder is associate professor of history and vice dean of academic affairs at Antioch College. He is the author of Race and Real Estate Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (CUP, 2015). His interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).

Andre M. Perry is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. He is the author of the book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. Perry’s scholarship has been featured on HBO, ABC, CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC and in the Wall Street Journal. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.