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In this eye-opening TEDxBoulder talk, Jill Adler Grano delves into Boulder's rich history and the pressing issues that continue to shape the city today. Adler Grano uncovers the untold story of Boulder's past and reveals the city’s classist and racist roots. She passionately discusses the consequences of exclusionary zoning and the dire consequences of prioritizing aesthetics over social justice and equity in housing and land use policies. Her powerful message challenges us to rethink our definition of "City Beautiful" and embrace a future where shared housing models, tiny homes, cottage clusters, and cooperative housing play a vital role. She calls on us to collectively build a more inclusive and equitable community where beauty is redefined, and everyone's needs are met. If you care about housing equity, social justice, and the future of cities, this talk is a must-watch.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://ted.com/tedx Jill Adler Grano is a dedicated advocate for equitable housing in Boulder, Colorado. She believes that housing is a human right and has fought for safe, attainable housing in her role on Boulder's City Council, as the Director of Community Affairs for Congressman Joe Neguse, and as one of Boulder’s Housing Commissioners. Beyond policymaking, she took a hands-on approach by volunteering at the Boulder Homeless Shelter and serving on the Board of Zoning Adjustment.
Grano's academic pursuits reflect her commitment to housing affordability, with her master's thesis exploring challenges and opportunities related to housing affordability in Boulder, showcasing her determination to find practical solutions to this pressing issue.
In addition to her public service and academic endeavors, Grano's involvement in various organizations and initiatives, including her work to support and protect manufactured homeowners and her role in the Sierra Club Political Committee, demonstrates her multi-faceted approach to promoting equitable housing. Her impact extends beyond housing, as she has also been an advocate for small businesses, regenerative agriculture, and an active member of numerous community organizations, highlighting her dedication to the overall well-being of Boulder. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx