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MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
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What is the MPC?

The Metropolitan Policy Center (MPC) was created in the Fall of 2014 within the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU). MPC serves as the metropolitan and urban research hub on AU's campus. MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges. The insights gained through the Center are disseminated to policy makers, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, community groups and academic and mainstream media outlets.

Announcements

In December 2017, MPC was awarded a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a seminar titled "Advancing Strategies to Address Displacement." The new seminar aims to inform Foundation staff about promising practices to mitigate different types of displacement that often occur in low-income neighborhoods experiencing rising household income levels, educational levels, and real estate prices. The seminar will focus on strategies to facilitate equitable development that minimizes displacement and maximizes redevelopment benefits for low-income people. As gentrification becomes increasingly pervasive in American cities, research and practical strategies to promote equitable development are critical. MPC looks forward to working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to minimize displacement consequences in gentrifying communities across the country.

Summer 2018 Events

Tuesday, May 29th
Howard Theatre's Crucial Role in the Community Before & After the 1968 Riots
Featuring: MPC Director Derek Hyra
Time: 7:00pm
Location: WTD Meeting Room, Shaw Neighborhood Library

Saturday, June 9th
ACM 50th Anniversary Program: Author Talk with Dr. Derek Hyra - "Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City"
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Location: Program Room, Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

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LeDroit Park row houses in Washington D.C. Flickr User Andrew