Many of us want to believe Grand Rapids, or any city we call home, is a just and equitable place. The only way to prove such a theory is to dive head first into research. Grand Rapids may soon have the answer.

Chris Benner, an associate professor in Human and Community Development at the University of California Davis, will be in our city to deliver a lecture on Just Growth at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Diversity Visionary Award ceremony.

Benner co-authored the mind-shifting book Just Growth with Professor Manuel Pastor, professor of Geography and America Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Their research posed the question, “If inequity got us in the mess we are today, what would happen if we leveled out this imbalance to achieve a recovery?”

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