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Chester Hartman
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Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (where he was founding Executive Director from 1989-2003) in Washington, DC, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Sociology, George Washington University. Prior to taking his present position, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard and served on the faculty there as well as at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of California-Berkeley, American University, and Columbia University.

His books include: Housing Urban America (Aldine, 1973; rev. ed. 1980)
The World of the Urban Working Class (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973)
Yerba Buena: Land Grab and Community Resistance in San Francisco (Glide, 1974)
Housing and Social Policy (Prentice-Hall, 1975)
Displacement: How to Fight It (National Housing Law Project, 1982)
America’s Housing Crisis: What Is To Be Done? (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983)
The Transformation of San Francisco (Rowman and Allanheld, 1984)
Critical Perspectives on Housing (Temple University Press, 1986)
Winning America: Ideas & Leadership for the 1990s (South End Press, 1988)
Housing Issues of the 1990s (Praeger, 1989)
Paradigms Lost: The Post Cold War Era (Pluto, 1992)
Double Exposure: Poverty and Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 1997)
Challenges to Equality: Poverty & Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 2001)
Between Eminence & Notoriety: Four Decades of Radical Urban Planning
(Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research, 2002)
City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (University of California Press, 2002)
A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (Temple University Press, 2006)
Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas (Lexington Books, 2006)
There Is No Such Thing As a Natural Disaster: Race, Class and Hurricane Katrina (Routledge, 2006)
Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond (Lexington Books, 2009)
The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (Routledge, 2009)

His articles have appeared in The Nation, Social Work, Virginia Law Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, University of Wisconsin Law Review, Progressive Architecture, The Utne Reader, The Village Voice, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Social Policy, Society, Dissent, Mother Jones, Planning, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Housing, The Progressive, Land Economics, The Gerontologist, Shelterforce, Clearinghouse Review, The Urban Lawyer, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Welfare, Vanderbilt Law Review, Social Work, Journal of Public Health Policy, Seton Hall Law Review, Housing Policy Debate, University of North Carolina Law Review, The Encyclopedia of Housing, Civil Rights Journal, The Journal of Negro Education, Souls, and numerous other academic and popular journals and newspapers.

Dr. Hartman is the founder and former Chair of the Planners Network, a national organization of progressive urban and rural planners and community organizers.

He serves/has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Housing Studies, and is a former Board member/Secretary of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

He has been a consultant to numerous public and private agencies, including HUD, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Stanford Research Institute, Arthur D. Little, California Rural Legal Assistance, the Urban Coalition, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Blog Entries by Chester Hartman

Occupy Wall Street: A New Wave of Fair Housing Activism?

6 Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:11:59 (EST)

Forty years ago Gale Cincotta, affectionately known in the community organizing world as the mother of community reinvestment, led her troops into bank lobbies, effectively shutting them down for the day, held barbeques on the front yards of bank executives, and threatened Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker that she would...

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Greensboro Redux

Posted February 8, 2010 | 13:47:42 (EST)

It's wonderful to see the coverage of the 50th anniversary event at the Smithsonian commemorating the first sit-in, at the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's by those four brave, imaginative N.C. A&T freshmen. A portion of that historic lunch counter is now at the American History Museum in DC, and the...

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Martin Luther King and a Freedom Budget for All Americans

Posted January 18, 2010 | 08:46:46 (EST)

Back in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. signaled his shift from a solely civil rights focus to add the all-important issue of economic justice -- noting the material distress afflicting whites as well as nonwhites. He did this by writing the Foreword to a major document, "A Freedom Budget for...

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