Neighborhood and Community Development

The concept of neighborhoods in cities has had many meanings and understandings over time. The neighborhood can be interpreted as a spatial, social, political, racial, ethnic, cultural or economic unit. How have urban neighborhoods changed? What has been the impact of local, state and federal policies on neighborhoods over time? What role has and does community development play in neighborhood development? How and why have neighborhoods declined? How have neighborhoods revitalized?
This course focuses on neighborhoods and community development largely in the North American urban context over the post-World War II period, with international comparisons. We use many examples from the Pittsburgh region, providing a wonderful source of cases for helping to advance your understanding of neighborhood and community development. The course will introduce students to the dynamics of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on data analysis and tools for analyzing neighborhood development and change, history of urban development, and policies that have helped to shape and transform urban neighborhoods.

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Sabina Deitrick

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Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

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