We're pleased to announce the first installment of "Agora Interviews." Through conversations with scholars and professionals, this new series hopes to explore themes and challenges in contemporary urbanism.

Here, June Manning Thomas, Centennial Professor at Taubman College, is interviewed by Alexandria Stankovich, editor-in-chief of Agora.

Their conversation touches on the roles of narrative and design in planning, the language of racial diversity, the implosion of the Detroit municipal service sector, and the inadequacy of traditional land use planning in coping with population decline in American cities.

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