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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

Congratulations to MPC Faculty Fellow Ernesto Castañeda, who has published another book: Building Walls: Excluding Latin People in the United States!
The election of Donald Trump has called attention to the border wall and anti-Mexican discourses and policies, yet these issues are not new. Building Walls puts the recent calls to build a border wall along the US-Mexico border into a larger social and historical context. This book describes the building of walls, symbolic and physical, between Americans and Mexicans, as well as the consequences that these walls have in the lives of immigrants and Latin communities in the United States. Learn about a special 30% discount offer!

Upcoming Urban Events

Author Talk with Dr. Ashante Reese: Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.
Time: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 2-3:30pm
Location: Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St NE
Related Exhibition: A Right to the City

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Downtown city landscape

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Do-it-Yourself Urbanism: What It Means for Cities, Planners, and Citizens

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Row Houses in Washington, DC

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