Re: Columbus Ohio’s legacy of racism in urban planning

Hi friends, Ezra here. It’s been a hot minute since we shared some content… Unfortunately I had to withhold an episode for t*r*a*u*m*a reasons, but I’ve recently been involved in a lot of conversations about environmental justice and I wanted to revisit a topic that I introduced in this space in 2020. Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, coinciding with the beginning of pandemic lockdown protocols, my community was engaging in intensive conversations about what systemic racism looks like in our city.

I was motivated to publish an episode discussing aspects of Columbus’ city planning history that exemplify systemic racism. In this updated version of the episode, I speak on redlining specifically and data points that demonstrate relation between the built environment and worse socio-economic and health outcomes for Black Columbus residents.

Links to listen below.

Columbus Ohio is all too typical of the physical imprint of racism on urban spaces. Redlining, urban highways, white flite, prohibitive zoning… All of these things and more have manifested in the economic and racial segregation that plagues Columbus. This episode shares some insight on Columbus’ “urban problems” and offers several resources for planners and non-planners alike to learn more and do better.


Discussed in this episode: Strong Women Strong Places, Tamika Butler, Dr. Destiny Thomas, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, Columbus Ohio Redlining Maps,Kirwan Institute Study on Infant Mortality,  500 Cities Health Data for Columbus, University of Toronto Study, Communication So White Reading List

Thanks to:
Donnie ‘Rosy’ Ross for theme ‘Feeling Fool’
Aaron Thomas Art for our album cover

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Episode 12: Jason Pyles

Planning in Appalachia, convincing a community that you’re not taking their jobs, and the future of autonomous vehicles in rural places. My guest this week, Jason Pyles, and I discuss all this in more in one of my favorite interviews yet. As a kick off to our discussions centered around Geography and Geographic Information Science, I turn to Jason for his expertise.
Jason works for the Buckeye Hills Regional Council as one of two GIS professionals supporting the agency’s work. His position is unique in that he is sort of a one-man-GIS-show and does all the work entailed in GIS from top to bottom. He shared some great insights into what it means to serve his regional community through his role in technology.

Episode 12

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