CHAPA Breakfast Forum in Springfield: Who Shapes Local Housing Decisions?

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March 26, 2019
March 26, 2019

Way Finders, Springfield Housing Center
322 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01105
United States

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Please join CHAPA and Way Finders on March 26th in Springfield for our Breakfast Forum:
Who Shapes Local Housing Decision? New Evidence from MA Zoning Meetings

In Massachusetts, communities hold public meetings and hearings on zoning and land use decisions. This public process is designed to provide opportunities for all voices to engage and be heard. Yet new Boston University research shows voices in opposition to new housing development are overwhelming these meetings, leaving those with barriers to participation out of the decision-making process.

Please join us for a presentation by one of the study's coauthors, Katherine Levine Einstein, who will discuss her findings. Following her presentation, we will explore the impacts on housing development and costs in addition to ways of forging greater inclusivity around local housing decisions.

Attendees are encouraged to read the full report here in advance of the forum in order to be able to fully engage in this interactive conversation.

Please register for this breakfast forum by March 21st - seats are limited!


  • Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Coauthor, Who Participates in Local Government? Evidence from Meeting Minutes


  • Preston H. Smith II, Chair of Africana Studies and Politics; Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College

Panelist Discussion:

  • Jeff Bagg, City Planner, City of Easthampton
  • Joanne Campbell, Executive Director, Valley Community Development Corporation
  • Darcy Jameson, Senior Development Director, Beacon Communities LLC

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Registration & Additional Details:

  • Tickets for this forum are limited, so please register as soon as possible. If you are unable to attend the event after purchasing a ticket, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make accommodations.
  • Breakfast and check-in begin at 9:30 AM on March 26th.
  • Parking: please note that this location does not have an on-site parking lot. You can find public parking on Main Street or side streets near the facility. Please leave ample time to park. Directions to the location can be found here.
  • Cost: $25 for CHAPA members and $40 for non-members (see this page to become a CHAPA member or renew your membership today). No refunds will be provided to those who register but do not attend the forum.

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