On Common Ground: Grounded Solutions CEO Adds Racial Justice Context, Commentary for International CLT Publication
Grounded Solutions CEO Tony Pickett recently joined forces with forty-two scholars and practitioners from a dozen countries to author On Common Ground, International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust, a collection of twenty-six original essays tracing the international growth and diversification of community-led development on community-owned land.
In his chapter, "The Burden of Patience in a Long March Toward Racial Justice," Pickett discusses how once legally-segregated communities of color were subjected to redlining and restrictive covenants related to government-backed FHA mortgages, setting the stage for predatory subprime home mortgage lending and contributing to a well-documented and expansive racial wealth gap that remains throughout America. He additionally highlights how CLT's increasingly serve and economically benefit families of color, countering the combined impacts of long-term, bias-driven housing outcomes of foreclosure, displacement, and gentrification.
Video conversation with Tony Pickett and On Common Ground Editor John Emmeus Davis