Luskin Lecture - Housing Development in Black Communities

Thu 5/9/2024 • 6PM - 8:30PM PDT

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States

In this UCLA Luskin Lecture, experts in housing and real estate will discuss what they and others are doing to address the challenges of limited wealth, investment, and ownership in Black communities, and to improve housing opportunities in those neighborhoods

Housing and real estate development were instrumental in the concentration of Black disadvantage in U.S. cities. Government and private actors erected barriers to investment in Black communities and homeownership by Black households, producing a system that equates housing conditions with race. Now, many Black neighborhoods are locked in a downward spiral of devaluation, disinvestment, and deterioration. When investments are made, low homeownership rates in Black neighborhoods mean many longtime residents do not benefit from rising property values, and they are increasingly priced out of rental housing as well.

This panel discussion will feature Devean George, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers and current president of Building Blocks, a housing development company in Minneapolis; Malcolm Johnson, CEO of Langdon Park Capital, which invests in affordable and workforce housing in Black and Latino communities; and D’Angelos Svenkeson, CEO of NEOO Partners, a commercial real estate development and planning firm. In a session moderated by Professor Michael Lens, they will discuss the history of Black disadvantage in U.S. cities and provide real-world examples of how they and other Black leaders are investing in Black communities and housing.


National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Located across from the Japanese American National Museum


Admission is free, but registration is required for each attendee.


Public Transportation: Metro (Line A&E), Big Blue Bus (route 8), Culver City Bus (Line 6)


Parking Lot 2 off E Temple St, $9 flat rate

Parking Lot 7 off Judge John Aiso St, $7 flat rate

Japanese Village Plaza Parking off S Central Ave

Aiso Parking Garage off Judge John Aiso St

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