City and Region in Theory and Practice

Tu 9:00AM - 11:55AM / 3600 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 55437

This course is about the current challenges faced in cities and regions, nearby and around the world - and how those challenges might be met.  The majority of the world's citizens live in cities, and therefore one cannot talk about human progress without thinking about progress in cities.  As "mega-regions" consolidate, small cities grow rapidly, and older industrial cities shrink, the managerial, policy, and planning capacities of governments come under increasing stress. How can cities meet these challenges? To facilitate understanding of these dynamics and issues, this course is divided into two parts.  The first part provides a general background necessary for the second part.  We define the general concepts of "city" and "region," and we talk about measurement issues involved in understanding what is happening to them.  We also learn about the policy and planning process involved in addressing any issue in a city or region. The second part focuses on the challenges cities and regions face, and how to solve them.  Solving them implies having a theory about what causes them, so this part will begin with a discussion of what urban scholars define as an ideal city and region.  It will then move on to cover specific urban policies such as transit oriented development, the use of eminent domain for urban projects, community development, etc.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the practical issues of implementing urban and regional policies, and learning about actual experiences with such policies in particular places.




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Marcela Gonzalez Rivas

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Category D: Designated Courses

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