I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a Bachelor's of Philosophy in Urban Studies, minoring in Statistics and pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems.
While in college, I was introduced to redlining, contract selling, urban renewal, public housing and other historic (and, in some ways, modern) systems that governments and other urban institutions have leveraged to maintain segregation and inequality. As my perspective on Pittsburgh and other cities began to change, I started to see things and places that I had previously overlooked and I began to appreciate a wide variety of urban issues in a new light: seemingly isolated problems gave way to institutional and systemic mechanisms that maintain segregation and inequality even in the absence of bigoted politicians and explicit discrimination. I began to recognize parts of my life growing up in Washington, D.C., Prince George's County and Montgomery County, Maryland in the systems. I was and am (as we all are) making my way through life amid these large systems; we are often unconscious of their presence and yet our lives and experiences are often shaped by them. The more I learned about these systems the more I understood how they functioned and could name examples of them but I had trouble wrapping my mind around the scale and the human toll as I tried to marry the macro-level concepts with my personal, micro-level observations of the world around me. This website is my effort in trying to document and describe these systems. I hope this website will spread awareness of the unbalanced urban development across spaces. Please share your thoughts and perspectives!