How can grassroots organizations and individuals advocate for equitable development and the planning, housing, infrastructural, and transportation needs of underserved communities? How might design engage social service agencies to better serve populations? What strategies are being used to improve the lives of residents in informal settlements, such as the colonias of this border region? In a city of Tejano, Anglo, Indigenous, and Mexican communities, long defined by economic inequity and racism, how can public space and civic monuments be reimagined to create a more inclusive future for Brownsville, Texas?
Join editors Lizzie MacWillie, Kelsey Menzel, Jesse Miller, and Josué Ramirez and report contributors Edna Ledesma and ChristinaMaria Xochitlzihuatl Patiño Houle, as they share findings and highlights from their American Roundtable report Brownsville Undercurrents. Their informal presentation will be followed by discussion on some of the report’s key ideas and provocations with American Roundtable Project Director Nicholas Anderson and League Executive Director Rosalie Genevro.