Galleries Open 5:30-6:30 pm | Program 6:30-7:30 pm
Nationally-recognized Urban Design Planner, Joshua Poe, will explore the racist origins of Louisville’s 1938 redlining maps and the far-reaching impact they have had on our city. The presentation will introduce how urban design shapes human behavior and end with a discussion of current city planning efforts, gentrification, and strategies to create equitable development in formerly redlined areas.
Joshua Poe is a pioneer in documenting and exposing how city planning was used as a tool to deny black people land ownership and access to the accumulation of generational wealth. With a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville, Mr. Poe has worked as an independent researcher, activist, and city planner in Louisville, KY. His interactive story map, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville, KY received recognition from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as best-in-class data visualization. He is currently working as an urban design consultant specializing in equitable development strategies for revitalizing neighborhoods.