Rajan Hoyle, Urbanist + Multimedia Content Creator
Long Beach, CA
“Black space…first starts with seeing Black life as something that is precious in all of its function and dysfunction.” -Theaster Gates
When you think of a thriving Black community and cities, what do you see?
I see cities where Black people are thriving. Communities where Black institutions--spiritual, community-based and cultural-- are thriving. Neighborhoods that are vibrant with activated public spaces and business corridors. Cities that are designed to promote wellness, equity and opportunity for Black folks of all ages and backgrounds. Beautiful communities free of environmental contaminants and where the built environment is representative of Black histories and futures. I see cities where Black residents are meaningfully involved in the decisions that shape our communities.