My (late) Black North Carolinian dad was a key influence in me being interested in the city. We used to bike around our working-class neighborhood, walk to the neighborhood ballpark and go downtown to all the festivals. He also took me to more school buildings than I would care to share.
My Black North Carolinian mom taught in some of those school buildings and encouraged me to write my first books, make my first crafts, dance on beatand have a moral center. Between the two of them and my years in Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, I grew up and into a love of architecture, streets, trees, buses, trains and lots of other things in the environment.
Now I bring this to you and for you in a format that is straightforward about who I am, a Black urbanist, a young queer cis woman of African-American, specifically North Carolinan, descent who likes all things built environment, especially when it comes to cities.
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