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Introducing: Urban Space and Race

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Starting the week of April 4, 2021, I will be posting weekly episodes of my new series called “Urban Space and Race”.


The series will highlight how urban planning practices have influenced and propagandized systematic racism and various forms of discrimination, particularly against African Americans and Latinos, in the United States throughout history.

Topics will include:

  • predatory eviction,
  • gentrification,
  • gerrymandering,
  • residential and commercial displacement,
  • homelessness, and
  • redlining.

My motivation and drive to create the Urban Space and Race episode series, in part, started in 2003 as a graduate student at Ohio State University majoring in urban planning and was a candidate for a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from January 2003 to June 2004.

I did a book report on a book called “Redevelopment and Race” by June Manning Thomas in 2003.  “Redevelopment and Race” chronologizes 40 years of urban planning practices in Detroit and what role race played in policies that were adopted by local government officials that shaped that city’s history.

Each week, I will post an episode of Urban Space and Race both on my Facebook page Uniquely Me Support Group and my website www.hopeandsuccessforthepeople.com.

I invite all readers to tune in and listen. All are welcome to provide feedback on the episodes, as well as offering suggestions for other topics to explore!

About the Author

Phillip Cooke

Education: Berea College (AAS Industrial Technology Management, 1995), Columbus State Community College (AA, 1998), Ohio State University (BA Geography, 2002), *Southern New Hampshire University (MA Communication) *10/2021-present

Peer Specialist, Bee Well LLC, Fountain House Member, Education Unit, Fountain House Certified Recovery Peer Advocate-Provisional (#CRPA-P-4290) Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional (#NYCPS-P-3522) Certified Tax Preparer, Community Tax Aid/Fountain House Academy of Peer Services Support Volunteer, Peer Academy, Fountain House Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery-Designated Recovery Coach (CCAR-RC) Certified Opioid Overdose First Responder (as of August 1, 2018) safeTalk-Trained Suicide Prevention Counselor (as of July 20, 2017) Public Speaker, Writer, and Group Facilitator Founder, Hope and Success For The People Founding Board Member (Treasurer) and Volunteer, The Friendship Squad Member and Volunteer, Access To Recovery Coalition Volunteer Staff Writer, helpNYC Corporation Board Member At-Large and Co-Chair Professional Affairs and Development Committee, New York Association of Black Psychologists (as of September 14, 2021) Editorial Board Member, Mental Health Affairs Blog Master of Arts Degree Candidate, Communication-New Media and Marketing (Online), Southern New Hampshire University Ph.D. Seminar Student, Mental Health Psychoanalysis, Harlem Family Institute Honorary Doctorate of Divinity (Hon. D.D.), Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church

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