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Breakfast Club Recap: A Conversation with Diamonte Walker

Last month we had an amazing chat with Diamonte Walker, Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh. After an intro to what the URA is up to with Ms. Walker at the helm, our conversation turned wide-ranging. From intentional growth vs. growth for growth's sake to her perspectives on Opportunity Zones, income inequality, and Biden's infrastructure plan, Ms. Walker gave us her perspectives on our built environment. Watch the full session below and then keep scrolling for some intriguing book recommendations.




At the end of our conversation, Ms. Walker offered up these four books on her recommended reading list. Check them out and let us know what you think! (As always, we highly recommend shopping local and independent. White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield is one of our favorites. Who's your go to for feisty feminist antiracist reads?



  • The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America by Allan Mallach

  • Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities by Andre M. Perry

  • The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism by Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak

  • New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize, and Succeed in Our Chaotic, Connected Age by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

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