Charles Brown, Senior Research Specialist with the Bloustein School’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, has been nominated for the StreetsBlog Los Angeles “2017 L.A. Streetsies: Advocate of the Year” award.
Voting is now open and runs through noon on January 10, 2018. The award is called the Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy, named for Deborah Murphy the founder and head of Los Angeles Walks.
Charles Brown has done important work on the intersections of race and mobility in ways that are shaping both national and local conversations. This past year, he took his work to the next level by launching the “Walking Toward Justice” webinar series in collaboration with America Walks to provide an open forum for exploration of the intersection of history, race, class, gender, and politics with mobility. The first national webinar featured author Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law, in conversation with Tamika Butler (Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust), Sonia Jimenez (Business Manager and Lead Consultant of Ximenes & Associates, Inc.), and myself (Sahra) about how to right the wrongs of segregation. Rothstein had already been interviewed about the book by many notable thinkers, including Ta-Nehisi Coates. Yet none seemed willing to take the risk Brown did in not only diving into the parameters, power, and significance of white supremacy and privilege in planning, but in allowing his panel the space to navigate their way through those uncomfortable waters. It made for a powerful and memorable conversation, and pushed the envelope on the ground conversations around walkability could tread.
Reader voting accounts for one half of the scoring this year, with one quarter going to StreetsBlog Los Angeles staff voting, and another quarter going to the SBLA steering committee.