America's Invisible Walls

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The Annenberg Space for Photography

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SHAN Wallace, Ron Finley, Robin West Smith, and Jacqueline Waggoner discuss housing inequality and SHAN's photography of the 8 Mile area.

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On April 11, 1968 – when the Fair Housing Act was ratified – the policy was aimed to undo the damage of housing discrimination created by the Home Owners Land Cooperation. But, it was too little, too late. Having already left its mark on communities of color, these “hazardous” and “declining” urban areas were segregated from the more “desirable” neighborhoods, contributing to nearly a century of codified patterns of racial segregation, decreased access to housing loans, and subsequent inequality.

These topics will inform this discussion with photographer SHAN Wallace, self-described “gangster gardener” Ron Finley, urban sociologist Robin West Smith, and panel moderator Jacqueline Waggoner – a vice president at Enterprise Community Partners who oversees the organization's affordable housing and community development programs. The panel will explore how America’s housing policies have created rippling effects in urban centers from Detroit to Los Angeles. Commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography to document Detroit’s 8 Mile area, Wallace will present her new body of photographs that explore how generations of Detroit residents, including Robin West Smith, have grappled with the presence of the wall. On the West Coast, Ron Finley uses gardening as a tool to inspire action to eliminate food deserts in South Los Angeles.

Photo by SHAN Wallace

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Los Angeles, CA 90067

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