CARPCCapital Area Regional Planning Commission (Madison, WI)
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CARPC has invited the Urban League of Greater Madison, the Latino Support Network, and United Way of Dane County to participate in the consortium as organizations that represent the perspectives of traditionally underserved groups.
CARPC describes the Southdale Neighborhood as consisting of "underserved communities with low-incomes, high unemployment and a general lack of access to goods and services." The Southdale Neighborhood is located in the Town of Madison, which is a small, local municipality situated between the larger Cities of Madison and Fitchburg, both in the Dane County regional area.
(208) CARPC describes the location of the proposed fresh food market as a "food desert," in which residents lack access to fresh food, don't have access to cars, and must rely on local convenience stores with expensive and unhealthy products.
(230) Thus, it is logical that CARPC would select these partners for a project to further social equity goals.
Michael Goldsby, as a consultant to the Southdale Neighborhood Association, attempted to have the Southdale Springs Plan incorporated into CARPC's application to HUD for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program.
However, despite Goldsby's efforts, CARPC and those developing the Madsion, Wisconsin/Dane County application to HUD's Grant Program elected not to work with Goldsby to implement the Southdale Springs Plan.
CARPC does have other aspects of its plan that are designed to advance these goals, but it is not clear that those benefits will accrue to the existing residents of Southdale as many residents of Southdale apparently hoped.
While it appears that CARPC has selected social equity partners that are demographically and ideologically aligned with low-income minority and underserved groups, it is not clear that those representatives will assert the distributive outcomes in the planning process that some Southdale residents hoped for.
It could also be dismissed as "much ado about nothing," (278) since the selected representatives of marginalized groups in CARPC's plan seem well-qualified to advance equity for traditionally underrepresented groups.