Author Meets Her Readers: Serin Houston's Imagining Seattle

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Richard Wright
Chairs: Richard Wright


Please join us as we discuss Serin D. Houston’s book, Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance (University of Nebraska Press – Our Sustainable Future Series, 2019). Seattle is frequently described as progressive, green, and innovative — a place where city government and local organizations have worked to implement sustainability, creativity, and social justice policies and procedures, particularly in response to federal withdrawals in these areas. Yet, by looking beyond what policies say to how they work in practice, Houston shows that classism, racism, and economic growth goals constrain social justice, sustainability, and creativity efforts. Imagining Seattle underscores a broad truth – unless equity is central to endeavors, inequities are often reproduced. Houston will respond to comments from the panelists, and there will be time for audience questions and input as we discuss building equitable and sustainable cities.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Richard Wright Dartmouth College 15
Panelist Margaret Wilder Urban Affairs Association 15
Panelist Patricia Lopez Dartmouth College 15
Panelist Serin Houston Mount Holyoke College 15

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