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Hear from Fellows in the Chicago area about the changing face of the city and the proactive solutions to its problems.

Chicago Fellows from The RSA recently hosted a panel discussion at North Park University in Chicago.

The panel was moderated by Kelwin Harris FRSA, a Senior Outreach Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and included the Provost of North Park University, Dr. Michael Emerson, along with community psychologist, Dr. Tiffany McDowell and sociologist and gentrification expert, Dr. John Joe Schlichtman.

The purpose of the discussion was addressing inequality and inclusive growth in Chicago in the backdrop of the city’s recent election of the first female black mayor.

The Chicago region faces serious threats. Growth is uneven. Downtown is booming while many neighborhoods are struggling. Many black residents are giving up altogether and leaving. More than ever Chicago must seek to address challenges to inclusive growth and provide strategies for prosperity for the good of everyone.

Our panel discussed multiple facets of the issues, from systemic policies that produced inequality and racial segregation, to gentrification and the effectiveness of economic incentives. Panelists also offered strategies and interventions to point the way forward.

If you would like to see the panel discussion in full, you can watch it on YouTube or read the key takeaways on Kelwin's website. You can find out more about the RSA US and its growing network of proactive problem solvers via the RSA's website.

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