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Design Leaders: How Jackson, Mississippi’s New Comprehensive Plan Foregrounds Race

Posted on May 12, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In this installment, Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba shares his team's approach to undoing systemic racism in the built environment. Mayor Lumumba, a 2018 MICD alum, also participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship last fall. Continue reading

Design Leaders: This NYC Suburb Is Ready to Bring Community Into the Affordable Housing Conversation

Posted on March 18, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In the third installment, Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard discusses her evolving vision for affordable housing in her city. Mayor Patterson-Howard participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship last fall and is a current recipient of MICD Alumni Technical Assistance. Continue reading

Design Leaders: Framingham, MA Makes Strides Toward Inclusive Civic Engagement

Posted on March 1, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In the second installment, Framingham, MA Mayor Yvonne Spicer shares the bold work she and her team are doing in Southeast Framingham. Mayor Spicer, a 2018 MICD alum, also participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship in Fall 2020. Continue reading

Design Leaders: A Birmingham Landmark Rises Again as a Community Startup Hub

Posted on January 27, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In the first installment, Birmingham, AL Mayor Randall Woodfin shares the story of Ensley, a historically underinvested neighborhood that will soon see major improvements on the site of its most prominent building. Mayor Woodfin, a 2018 MICD alum, also participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship in Fall 2020. Continue reading