Chavis – 28 – Land Use Planner – Atlanta, GA/St. Louis, MO


Chris Chavis is in the professional field of Urban Planning. He specializes in Land Use Zoning, Land Use Development, and Community Revitalization.

His introduction to this profession started at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Urban & Regional Planning. After three years of working inside the profession, he pursued and obtained a Masters of Environmental Planning & Design degree at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Now as a working professional, Chavis is attempting to use urban planning as a social justice instrument for all communities. By doing so, he hopes to revitalize distressed areas, and help thriving neighborhoods protect their visions for their futures.

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  • music

    • Soul/R&B (Lauryn Hill & Maxwell)
    • Hip-Hop (Outkast & Nas)
    • Blues (B.B. King & Bobby Bland)
    • Jazz (Abdullah Ibrahim & Trombone Shorty)
  • movies

    • Love Jones
    • Coming to America
    • Bourne: Identity, Supremacy, & Ultimatum
  • publications

    • Black Boy – Richard Wright
    • Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois
    • A Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
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    Majora Carter is a Community Activist. Her strategic approach and her tenacious attitude to make communities better for poor people is something that I aspire to implement in my professional practice.

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    My primary goal is to empower communities so that they can plan for their future growth and streamline the goals for creating a great quality of life for its residence and visitors. I have a passion to serve.

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    I’m currently listening to Wale’s mix tape Falorin and I’ve started to follow the music of Emeli Sande’ out of Scotland. She’s dope!

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    Majora Carter – Community Activist (Kind of Famous)

    Volna Ramone – St. Louis, Teacher/Rapper (Not-so-famous)

    Shawn Williams – Strategy Consultant (Not-so-famous but kind of a BIG DEAL)

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