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FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21
Episode 58016th July 2021 • Franklin Matters Radio • Steve Sherlock
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This session of the radio show shares the Community Conversation virtual meeting on Housing and Race coordinated by the Franklin Area Against Racism group (FAAR) and held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo moderated the discussion with featured guests 

  • Jim Johnston (longtime Franklin resident and historian) 
  • Bryan Taberner (Franklin’s Director of Planning and Community Development)
  • Jesse Kanson-Benanav (Executive Director of Abundant Housing MA) 

The discussion focused on how Franklin's housing policies and practices have fostered socio-economic inequities and worked to reduce diversity in the community over the years.

Franklin TV recorded and will be making available the video of this virtual meeting. When available, I’ll include the links here as well.

The audio recording runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Conversation on Housing and Race.


Link to Director Taberner’s Housing presentation doc 

Or at Slideshare -> 

Link to the announcement of this Community Conversation 

Visit the Development and Community Planning page for additional info on the Master Plan, the Housing Production Plan, etc. 


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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