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Orfield to lecture on preventing decline of America's metropolitan communities, May 1

A lecture on "Regionalism as a Tool for Economic Growth and Social Justice" is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The speaker will be Myron Orfield, director of the Metropolitan Area Research Corp., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit research and geographic information systems firm. The corporation's expertise lies in presenting cutting-edge demographic research through the spatial display of data.

In 1998, Orfield introduced an innovative program for combating the seemingly inevitable decline of America's metropolitan communities. Through a combination of demographic research, state-of-the-art mapping and pragmatic politics, his book, "Metropolitics," revealed how the different regions of St. Paul and Minneapolis pulled together to create a regional government powerful enough to tackle the community's problems of sprawl and urban decay.

Orfield's new work, "American Metropolitics: A Comparative National Study of Social Separation and Sprawl" (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), applies the next generation of research on a much broader scale. The book provides an analysis of the economic, racial, environmental and political trends of the 25 largest metropolitan regions in the United States.

His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Isles Inc. , nationally recognized nonprofit community development and environmental improvement organization that seeks to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and communities in the Trenton, N.J., area.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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