The Past, Present, and Future of Public and Affordable Housing in Atlanta
Date: Tuesday, May 30
Location: Manuel’s Tavern
Join us on Tuesday, May 30th at Manuel’s Tavern from 7 to 9 for the summer Atlanta Studies Meetup. These quarterly meetings showcase Atlanta-focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city. We will provide a few snacks. Buy your own drinks.
For this event, we will show a couple of short films from the Atlanta Housing Authority from 1940 about the construction of Atlanta’s public housing. This will be followed by a panel discussion about the past, present, and future state of public and affordable housing in Atlanta. Our speakers:
Katie Schank’s current work explores the vital role of images and public relations in the history of Atlanta’s public housing and investigates how the city’s public housing was not only a physical place and a social program but how it became a cultural commodity. This past year, she was a Visiting Fellow at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.
Katherine Hankins is an urban geographer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. She examines urban change and how social and spatial inequalities are expressed and contested in the urban landscape. In her work, she’s examined large urban development projects, such as the role of public housing and practice in shaping Atlanta’s social and physical landscapes at both neighborhood and metropolitan scales.
Paul Vranicar is Chief Policy Officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority, where he oversees the Policy, Strategy, and Innovation department, as well as External Affairs. He is tasked with developing innovative new strategies to address the affordability crisis in Atlanta. Prior to joining AHA, Paul practiced law at Holland & Knight LLP, where he represented clients such as the Atlanta Public Schools, Grady Hospital, MARTA, the City of Atlanta, and other governmental and non-profit organizations. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Fulton County – City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority, and as Secretary of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.
The Plan: 7:00 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you) 7:15 – Palmer films 7:45 – Panel discussion and Q&A 8:30 – Networking, chit chatting, order another drink