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Hello, I’m Kristen. I write and speak about place. I am Black. I am Urban. I am an Urbanist.

My (late) dad was a key influence in me being interested in the city. We used to bike around our working-class neighborhood, walk to the neighborhood ballpark and go downtown to all the festivals. He also took me to more school buildings than I would care to share. In essence, I grew up with a love of architecture, streets, trees, buses, trains and lots of other things in the environment. Oh and my mom and dad grew up on farms and took me there to visit. I respect and even like the country. But I love the city. They both encouraged me, especially my mom as a middle school teacher and lover of libraries, to read, write and tell my own story.

I've traveled across the U.S. and Canada telling those stories of cities and helping others share theirs too. I've contributed to several major urban planning and city living publications. But I want to make my own platform, The Black Urbanist, the premier platform for issues and ideas facing the African Diaspora in the design and governance of spaces and places. I want to write and advocate full-time and I also want to be able to pay a team of writers, editors, producers and contributors to help me advance that mission.


My desire to breathe new life into my platform really began in earnest at 9:30 on November Election Night 2016, as the map began to wash the color of blood, at the bar in my beloved new neighborhood in Washington, D.C. I began to weep. Not because of what was about to happen to the White House, but because I believed that I was running out of time to do all the things I wanted to do before it all ended. Between losing a parent, falling into debt, having a litany of work failures and just over all being a ball of fear did not help matters much and I still am battling a lot of these struggles.

Marching or doing any direct protest action felt so hard and with all the things we've been told would happen, felt like it was impossible, just like all of the times I've gone to work and been told I'm not good enough or I should work harder or I should work less or be less smart or that I was flat out wrong. And then there were all the times those things were true and I failed to forgive myself and pick myself back up and keep going.

But as I spent the inaugural weekend with yet another friend I've gained in the over ten years of speaking my mind openly in the written word on this and other platforms and I think of all of the ones I've gained all over the world and I think of how so many of them were out on the streets, risking lives and standing up not just for women, but for all that's right and good and not just on the Mall, but in Center City Park (in my hometown) and at Washington Square Park (a town I took a huge risk to go work in and helped me gain the courage to step out on my own) and in Moore Square (my college town) and so many other venues that I've had the privilege to visit over the past 12 years since I went off to college. Plus, being able to walk in and around Harlem and support so many black-owned businesses and witness so much everyday black and brown resilience and joy, was so healing, especially contrasted with what continues to go down at the White House and throughout the federal government.

Then, as I detailed in this recent post on The Black Urbanist, I got the idea to open up my site, hire a managing editor and start commissioning work in the quest to make The Black Urbanist the premier publication for advancing black urbanism and the stories of black folks and how we take up space worldwide. As I work on building up to the goal of being able to hire on staff, I'm freelancing and providing editorial support to other publications and organizations, editing and producing a weekly radio show and newsletter and writing blog posts as I see fit. I'm also in the process of revising and re-releasing my first book, A Black Urbanist. You'll be the first to get a copy of the new book.

Your support no matter how large or small, supports all of this.
Tiers
A Personalized Thank-You and Holiday Card
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll be on my holiday card list from now on. And seriously, your $10 a year will pay my hosting fees and buy me groceries.  I'll just be sending the card, unless you want to pledge more and then I'll send more.

I'll also send you a holiday card and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more.  Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
A Sticker of Your Choice
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
Your choice of one of these stickers.

2.5 inches in diameter and made of a sturdy vinyl coating from Sticker Mule. You can put it anywhere and it will stay put. Even your bike, helmet, car window, business window or laptop.

I'll also send you a holiday card add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
All the Stickers
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All three stickers.

2.5 inches in diameter and made of a sturdy vinyl coating from Sticker Mule. You can put it anywhere and it will stay put. Even your bike, helmet, car window, business window or laptop.

I'll also send you a holiday card add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
My Books Signed
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
You get a signed copy of my first book A Black Urbanist. You'll also get a signed copy of my next book, title and release date TBD.

I'll also send you a holiday card, all three stickers and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
Custom-Designed Kristpatterned Product from One of Those Design on Demand Places
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
It doesn't have to be this one, but I created this one after the TRB Annual Meeting two years ago because I was inspired. Also, I've customized my phone case twice using Zazzle and I've never had a better case, even with wear and tear. I'll be releasing other patterns and options, so stay in touch.


I'll also send you a holiday card, all three stickers and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more.  Check out a sampleand subscribe yourself if you haven't already.


I buy you one of these awesome city posters
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
When I was in Vancouver last year for Walk Bike Places/ Placemaking Week, I came across these pretty awesome city posters. And unlike other city poster companies that tend to only make posters for the "major" cities, these folks will make a poster for whatever city you want. Make sure you tell me what that is, check out their site for colorings and I'll get back with them and order and ship it to you.


https://www.pointtwomaps.com

Goals
$161 of $250 per month
I got excited yesterday (10/28/2017) and forgot to acknowledge that i need to pay for the site to stay on the internet. That means paying Bluehost for hosting, Soundcloud for the audio posts, Mailchimp for the newsletter and all the payment processors. Oh and the phone bill. That's my one piece of backup internet.

Plus, I get to hit another goal even sooner!
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Hello, I’m Kristen. I write and speak about place. I am Black. I am Urban. I am an Urbanist.

My (late) dad was a key influence in me being interested in the city. We used to bike around our working-class neighborhood, walk to the neighborhood ballpark and go downtown to all the festivals. He also took me to more school buildings than I would care to share. In essence, I grew up with a love of architecture, streets, trees, buses, trains and lots of other things in the environment. Oh and my mom and dad grew up on farms and took me there to visit. I respect and even like the country. But I love the city. They both encouraged me, especially my mom as a middle school teacher and lover of libraries, to read, write and tell my own story.

I've traveled across the U.S. and Canada telling those stories of cities and helping others share theirs too. I've contributed to several major urban planning and city living publications. But I want to make my own platform, The Black Urbanist, the premier platform for issues and ideas facing the African Diaspora in the design and governance of spaces and places. I want to write and advocate full-time and I also want to be able to pay a team of writers, editors, producers and contributors to help me advance that mission.


My desire to breathe new life into my platform really began in earnest at 9:30 on November Election Night 2016, as the map began to wash the color of blood, at the bar in my beloved new neighborhood in Washington, D.C. I began to weep. Not because of what was about to happen to the White House, but because I believed that I was running out of time to do all the things I wanted to do before it all ended. Between losing a parent, falling into debt, having a litany of work failures and just over all being a ball of fear did not help matters much and I still am battling a lot of these struggles.

Marching or doing any direct protest action felt so hard and with all the things we've been told would happen, felt like it was impossible, just like all of the times I've gone to work and been told I'm not good enough or I should work harder or I should work less or be less smart or that I was flat out wrong. And then there were all the times those things were true and I failed to forgive myself and pick myself back up and keep going.

But as I spent the inaugural weekend with yet another friend I've gained in the over ten years of speaking my mind openly in the written word on this and other platforms and I think of all of the ones I've gained all over the world and I think of how so many of them were out on the streets, risking lives and standing up not just for women, but for all that's right and good and not just on the Mall, but in Center City Park (in my hometown) and at Washington Square Park (a town I took a huge risk to go work in and helped me gain the courage to step out on my own) and in Moore Square (my college town) and so many other venues that I've had the privilege to visit over the past 12 years since I went off to college. Plus, being able to walk in and around Harlem and support so many black-owned businesses and witness so much everyday black and brown resilience and joy, was so healing, especially contrasted with what continues to go down at the White House and throughout the federal government.

Then, as I detailed in this recent post on The Black Urbanist, I got the idea to open up my site, hire a managing editor and start commissioning work in the quest to make The Black Urbanist the premier publication for advancing black urbanism and the stories of black folks and how we take up space worldwide. As I work on building up to the goal of being able to hire on staff, I'm freelancing and providing editorial support to other publications and organizations, editing and producing a weekly radio show and newsletter and writing blog posts as I see fit. I'm also in the process of revising and re-releasing my first book, A Black Urbanist. You'll be the first to get a copy of the new book.

Your support no matter how large or small, supports all of this.

Recent posts by Kristen Jeffers

Tiers
A Personalized Thank-You and Holiday Card
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll be on my holiday card list from now on. And seriously, your $10 a year will pay my hosting fees and buy me groceries.  I'll just be sending the card, unless you want to pledge more and then I'll send more.

I'll also send you a holiday card and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more.  Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
A Sticker of Your Choice
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
Your choice of one of these stickers.

2.5 inches in diameter and made of a sturdy vinyl coating from Sticker Mule. You can put it anywhere and it will stay put. Even your bike, helmet, car window, business window or laptop.

I'll also send you a holiday card add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
All the Stickers
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All three stickers.

2.5 inches in diameter and made of a sturdy vinyl coating from Sticker Mule. You can put it anywhere and it will stay put. Even your bike, helmet, car window, business window or laptop.

I'll also send you a holiday card add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
My Books Signed
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
You get a signed copy of my first book A Black Urbanist. You'll also get a signed copy of my next book, title and release date TBD.

I'll also send you a holiday card, all three stickers and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more. Check out a sample and subscribe yourself if you haven't already.
Custom-Designed Kristpatterned Product from One of Those Design on Demand Places
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
It doesn't have to be this one, but I created this one after the TRB Annual Meeting two years ago because I was inspired. Also, I've customized my phone case twice using Zazzle and I've never had a better case, even with wear and tear. I'll be releasing other patterns and options, so stay in touch.


I'll also send you a holiday card, all three stickers and add you to my weekly e-newsletter that comes via email too. I include job links, articles you should read & more.  Check out a sampleand subscribe yourself if you haven't already.


I buy you one of these awesome city posters
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
When I was in Vancouver last year for Walk Bike Places/ Placemaking Week, I came across these pretty awesome city posters. And unlike other city poster companies that tend to only make posters for the "major" cities, these folks will make a poster for whatever city you want. Make sure you tell me what that is, check out their site for colorings and I'll get back with them and order and ship it to you.


https://www.pointtwomaps.com