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Revisiting Equity: The HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative
Progressive Planning
  • Lisa K. Bates, Portland State University
  • Marisa Zapata, Portland State University
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  • City planning,
  • Low-income housing
In 1974, Norman Krumholz boldly called on planners to advocate for equity in public resource allocation and administrative practices. In 2010, the Obama administration’s HUD-DOT-EPA Sustainable Communities Initiative—specifically in the form of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant (SCRPG)—renewed this call for equity. But our review of the responses by thirteen grantees proved disappointing. The plans put forth by award winners recycle many of the activities from the Cleveland Policy Plan (CPP) without employing its overarching mission. Instead of boldness, we are left with a stark reminder about the lack of progress made since the City of Cleveland incited planners to aggressively attack societal inequity.

This is the publisher's final PDF. Originally published in Progressive Planning and can be found online at:

At the time of publication Marisa Zapata was affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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L.K. Bates and M.A. Zapata. 2013. "Revisiting Equity: The HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative." Progressive Planning. No. 194. Winter.