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Saturday, March 5 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Counter-Analyzing New York City’s First Racial Equity Report in Gowanus

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The recently-approved proposal to rezone Gowanus was accompanied by the City’s first Racial Equity Report to assess the potential impact of the proposed zoning changes on the neighborhood’s demographic makeup. We used this unique opportunity to critically analyze this first-of-its kind study by examining data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, and NYC Open Data. In this session, we will present our counter-analysis of the Gowanus Racial Equity Report and open up the conversation surrounding data manipulation, critiques of the racial equity report, and recommendations for future reports.

Our analysis reveals that the boundaries within which data are analyzed significantly impact the demographic and economic profile produced. Interviews with Gowanus residents indicated contestations over the definition of the neighborhood’s boundaries. In its analysis of the demographic composition of Gowanus, we find the Racial Equity Report inflates white residents’ predominance and erases residents of color. In addition, the Report’s characterization of Gowanus as a wealthy neighborhood erases the substantial proportion of the population who may not be able to afford increasing rent as the area becomes more densely developed or who may not qualify for the affordable housing built.

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Jordan Packer

Urban Geographer, Parsons School of Design


Saturday March 5, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm EST
3rd Floor - Classroom A - 315