Many thanks to South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, Maplewood Mayor Dean Dafis, and moderator Luis Estrella for this informative session. Special thanks also to the Coalition on Race's Residential Committee for organizing this event. There is much to learn about housing and development through the lens of racial equity and integration. Residential Committee member and local realtor Luis Estrella prefaced the dialog about the challenges we face in housing with these thoughts:
"These towns exemplify the essence of what it means to build a thriving, inclusive, and harmonious neighborhood.... They are places where the conversations around race, class, and culture are not only welcomed but celebrated. It is this commitment to open dialogue that fosters understanding, breaks down barriers, and paves the way for genuine connections."