Placemaking 101
featuring former Mayor Bill Johnson

Tuesday, January 19th 
Zoom Webinar

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Reshaping Rochester kick-off webinar wth De Nichols

Wednesdady, January 27th 
Zoom Webinar

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A conversation with Former Mayor Bill Johnson on transforming ROC into a community of equity & justice + preview of the 2021 Lecture Series.

Join the Community Design Center Rochester for a virtual conversation with former Rochester Mayor William "Bill" Johnson as he considers how we might transform our city into a community of equity and justice. His unique perspective arises from his time as Rochester's Mayor; more than 35 years as an urban policy practitioner, professor, and consultant; and his current role as co-chair of the recently formed Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE).

Mr. Johnson will introduce the16th Annual Reshaping Rochester Lecture Series: Building a Just Community. Over his nearly 50 years in Rochester, Mr. Johnson has gained a vital understanding of the challenges we face, our trials and failings, and our prospects for the future as we reshape our neighborhoods into fair and rightful places for us all.

Featured Panelist:

Former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr.
Since moving to Rochester in late 1972, William A Johnson, Jr. has been active in a number of important initiatives to improve the overall quality of community life. He is widely known as the President and CEO of the Urban League (1972-1993), the 64th Mayor of Rochester (1994-2005), and the Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Studies at RIT (2006-2013). Since retiring in 2013, he has been the Founder and CEO of the consulting firm, Strategic Community Intervention LLC.

Tues., January 19, 2021, 12:00 PM via ZOOM

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Join us for an afternoon webinar on building just communities with De Nichols via Zoom!

We begin the 2021 series by examining our several Rochesters. The first is the city of privilege, white flight, sprawl, and suburbs. The other Rochesters are cities of color, segregated from the rest of the city and physically and socially circumscribed. The purpose of the first lecture will be to set the stage for the examination of aspects of our urbanism that can – and should – provide for a Just Community.

De Nichols | St. Louis, MO

Principal of Design & Social Practice at Civic CreativesLoeb Fellow in residence at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design

Wed., January 27, 2021, 12:00 PM

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