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Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: The Obligation to Act–Butler Tract Community Land Trust Proposal
November 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
At November’s Continuing Conversations, Matt Mleczko, a Princeton University doctoral candidate, will discuss different aspects of a proposal for affordable housing development on a currently vacant plot of land referred to as the Butler Tract and offer guiding questions for a broader discussion on how this effort relates to housing justice in other communities.
In response to decades of rising housing costs and a declining Black share of the population, members of the Princeton community have called upon Princeton University, one of the region’s largest and most influential landowners, to lead by example and donate 36 acres of its property – the Butler Tract – for affordable housing development. Furthermore, this proposal and petition implores the University to boldly realize its potential to promote housing justice by convening and forming a community land trust to own and operate affordable housing by and for the community, with priority for a significant portion of the housing given to Black residents and University staff who do not qualify for its generous mortgage assistance program.
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