Thursday, July 28
Gather for coffee and introductions
Weyerhaeuser Board Room
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Can a city of neighborhoods survive? Exploring the inner neighborhoods and commercial districts of the Twin Cities
This daylong tour will introduce alumni to the ever-changing landscapes of the inner neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We will discuss the processes that created the present pattern of communities and the forces of globalization, disinvestment, and gentrification that are transforming them. The recent housing crisis, major planning, and development initiatives such as the light rail system, school reform and changing demographics are transforming the ways we live. We will have lunch along the way and at the end of the tour we will have a session on how Macalester is engaging with communities in the Twin Cities. Participants should be able to walk short distances and get on and off the bus without assistance.
Colleges as “institutional citizens”: Higher education’s contribution to urban vitality
Colleges and universities play key roles in urban communities. We will discuss the ways in which Macalester has formed relationships with community organizations and contributes to research, civic engagement, and public scholarship. We will also talk about Macalester’s efforts within the broader landscape of higher education.
Continuing conversation with faculty and alumni with refreshments
Briggs House (formerly named the Alumni House)
Dinner on Your Own
Friday, July 29
Coffee and continental breakfast
9 –10:15 a.m.
Where will we live? The operation of housing markets in the Twin Cities
For more than half a century, middle-class households in the Twin Cities have moved outward from the center to the suburbs, reaping the economic rewards that federal housing policies have put in place. Within the last five years, however, census data has shown that central cities are outgrowing suburbs in metropolitan areas across the country—including Minneapolis—for the first time in 100 years. Does this population movement signify a shift in how housing markets operate in the Twin Cities? Does the suburban edge no longer provide a better return on residential investment? This session will review the traditional operation of sectoral housing markets within the Twin Cities and speculate on how recent population patterns may (or may not) change the dynamics of urban center vs. suburban edge.
10:45 a.m. – Noon
Planning the sustainable city: New Urbanism as solution?
New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement aimed at curbing suburban sprawl, emerged at the end of the 1980s. In the past two decades, it has matured into one of the world’s foremost efforts promoting sustainable urban development. This session focuses on New Urbanism in theory and practice, and examines its contributions to social sustainability in order to address broader questions concerning the ways in which urban planning can help societies address longstanding ecological crises and persistent social inequality.
Can cities be sensitive? Urban water management and the future of sustainability
Historically, cities have managed urban hydrology through technological controls such as channelization and drainage. Now cities are transitioning to “water sensitive” approaches that try to integrate ecological resilience and cultural sensitivity into urban water management. How is this trend changing the way we interface with urban hydrology? How are urban residents enrolled in the process of making cities water sensitive? And what does this trend tell us about sustainable cities of the future?
Channeling kids into segregated spaces: Exploring the pipelines to college and prison
Karin Aguilar-San Juan
One of the harshest effects of racial segregation and social inequality in our cities today is felt by our children. The “school to prison pipeline” names a disturbing trend in which poor, urban youth of color are marked as troublemakers and over-punished for nonviolent infractions that are treated differently in settings that are more affluent and predominantly white. As they get edged out of the classroom, these kids face a juvenile justice system that sees them as fodder for adult prisons. On the other hand, those children whose families and communities have set them up for “success” experience constant support and intervention on their behalf, sometimes diminishing or overlooking misconduct or wrongdoing. How and why do these two worlds differ, and what can we do to correct the situation? In this session, we will engage in a hands-on reflection activity and then discuss this question together.
Wrap-up reception with faculty
Briggs House (formerly named the Alumni House)
Lodging may be available at the Alumni House. Please call 651-696-6728 for reservations.