Graduate Real Estate Development

Guest Lecturers

Roberta Brandes Gratz

January 31, 2011

Roberta Brandes Gratz, award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer, and author of The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way and Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown, will visit the Ball State campus and Indianapolis Center.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and interaction with students and faculty, Architecture Building Room 101, Ball State campus
  • 4 to 5:15 p.m.—“The Shrinking City Syndrome: Repeating the Mistakes of Urban Renewal,” Meridian Room, Indianapolis Center, 50 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, with simulcast in the Architecture Building, Room 100, Ball State campus.
  • 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reception, Indianapolis Center.
Gratz is an international lecturer on urban development issues and former award-winning reporter for the New York Post. She also wrote a report in 2001 for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, “A Frog, A Wooden House, A Stream, and A Trail: Ten Years of Community Revitalization in Central Europe.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed her in 2003 to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

She is also a trustee and former head of Public Policy of the New York State Preservation League; former vice president of the Salzburg Conference on Urban Planning and Development; founder and president emerita of the Eldridge Street Project, the effort to restore the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side and to establish a Jewish Heritage Center on the site; and a founder and current board member of the Writers Room, the first urban writers’ colony in the country.

Gratz was a member of the New York Governor’s and Mayor’s Task Force on Planning Manhattan’s West Side Highway and Waterfront. She founded the Fire Island Historical Society. She is a native and resident of New York City.