Louis Taylor, Jr., Ph.D.
(7th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecturer)
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
School of Architecture and Planning
Director, Center for Urban Studies
University at Buffalo, New York
(Speech Pathology and Audiology) Tennessee State University
M.A. (Audiology) University of Tennessee
M.A. (Urban History) University at Buffalo
Ph.D. (Urban History) University at Buffalo
Taylor teaches in the undergraduate and graduate curricula and
coordinates the community development and urban management specialization.
He teaches PD 404/506: Introduction to Urban Management and PD
508: Race, Class, Gender, and the City. Dr. Taylor is also co-director
of the highly acclaimed UB Summer Study Abroad Program,
Cuba: Down on the Ground, Comprehending the Socialist City, which
has been temporarily suspended due to recent changes in U.S. policy.
PD 404/506 is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
This course focuses on the urban and regional building process,
the structure and functions of the urban metropolis, and explores
how planners can operate effectively in a real world setting dominated
by elitist urban regimes. PD 508 is a graduate course that explores
the role that race, class, and gender play in shaping the urban
environment and determining the life chances of people of color.
Within this context, it explores ways that planners can develop
urban regions that meet the human needs of people of color.
and Planning History, Neighborhood Planning and Community Development,
Economic and Regional Development, Caribbean Studies with special
emphasis on Tourism and Cuban Studies
Taylor’s research agenda focuses on black residential development
and city/regional building at particular historical periods as well as over time. He is primarily concerned with the
manner in which the city and regional building process in the
United States constrains the development of the African American
community. Dr. Taylor’s approach to black neighborhood development
is regionally based. That is, he seeks to understand the process
of black neighborhood development within the broader context of
regional development. His research also focuses on neighborhood
planning and community development. Here, he is primarily concerned
with the study of the internal and external factors that impact
neighborhood development and the formulation of neighborhood plans
that attack structural racism. Lastly, Professor Taylor has research
interests focused on tourism and the community development process
in Cuba and the Caribbean, He is most particularly concerned with
the social impact of tourism in the Caribbean and in comparative
studies of the United States and Cuba.
Community Development and Neighborhood Planning Projects
Taylor believes that the role of an urban/regional
planner is to design and build a society where social development
is prioritized and where human needs are met. His community
development and neighborhood planning projects are designed to
test various concepts and theories of community development in
a real world setting. As Director of the School of Architecture
and Planning Center for Urban Studies, Dr. Taylor uses the resources
of the university to attack structural racism and the problems
of distress and underdevelopment in neighborhoods in Buffalo and
Western New York. He, along with other members of the Center for
Urban Studies, engages in a range of community development and
neighborhood planning projects for local government and neighborhood
groups and organizations. Professor Taylor is currently leading
a major community development project in the Fruit Belt and Martin
Luther King, Jr. neighborhoods in Buffalo, New York. This project
focuses on urban school reform, commercial corridor revitalization,
and neighborhood development.
Roots of the Urban Crisis: African Americans in the Industrial
City, 1900-1950 (New York: Garland Publishers, August, 2000),
edited volume, with Walter Hill.
and the City: Work, Community and Protest in Cincinnati, 1820
– 1970 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993) edited
Americans and the Rise of Buffalo's Post-Industrial City, 1940
to Present, Volume I (Buffalo: Buffalo Urban League, 1990) edited
volume. Winner: William Wells Brown Award for outstanding contributions
to the preservation of African American History. Afro-American
Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc., 1991.
in Erie County: A Foundation for Understanding and Action (University
at Buffalo, January 1996) with Kate Foster, David Perry, Alfred
Price and John Sheffer (Winner of the Alpha Award, Amherst Chamber
of Commerce, 1996).
Community Development and Urban School Reform in Lauri Johnson,
ed. Urban Education with an Attitude: Linking Theory, Practice,
and Community (Albany: SUNY Press, March 2005).
Secret of Castro’s Staying Power: Race and Cuba’s
Neighborhood-Based Development Strategy, 1989 to the Present
Louis Taylor, Jr., From Theory to Practice: the Quest to Radically
Reconstruct Buffalo’s Inner-City Neighborhoods: a Progress
Report, March 8, 2004.
Louis Taylor, Jr., The Masten District Neighborhood Plan, The
Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, Buffalo, New York, September 30,
Silverman, Chris Crawford, Jeffery Kujawa, and Henry Louis Taylor,
Jr., Main Street Revitalization Plan for the Village of Depew,
New York, The Village of Depew, October 30, 2004.
Louis Taylor, Jr., David Brody, and David Hahn-Baker, Meeting
the 21st Century Housing Challenge: Building a Minimum Housing
Standard in Erie County, Erie County Legislature, December 31,
Louis Taylor, Jr., The Fillmore Avenue Commercial Corridor Business
Directory, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, Buffalo, New York, September
Louis Taylor, Jr. and David Haln-Baker, The Cleveland Replication
Lessons for the Western New York Region: The Environment and Society
Institute, January 2003.
Cole, Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., Richard Milgrom, and Samina Raja,
Fruit Belt/Niagara Medical Campus Tax Increment Financing District
Plan, January 2003: The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency.
L. Taylor, Minoo Amini, and Jeff Kujawa, The Martin Luther King
Cultural District and Cultural Corridor: A Strategic Plan and
Action Agenda for the Masten District.” March, 2001: the
Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency.
Taylor and Sam Cole, "The Turning Point: A Strategic Plan
and Action Agenda for the Fruitbelt/Medical Corridor,” A
the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, March, 2001.
Taylor, Project Director, "The Health Status of the Near
East Side Community and Neighborhood Conditions," Kaleida
Health, January 2001.
Selected honors and awards
Fannie Mae Foundation Award, Best Paper on Practice-Based Learning
in Housing or Community Development at the Association of Collegiate
Schools of Planning Conference, November 2001.
Toast to Buffalo Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, 2000.
of TheCyberHood.Net, a community development website sponsored
by the Urban Affairs Association.