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|Term Start Date||1/23|
|Meet Day||T/Th||10:15 AM - 11:30 AM||Littauer Bldg 280 (HKS)|
In the face of failures and dysfunction at the national level,
there is growing excitement about the welfare- and
democracy-enhancing potential of cities. Yet, not all cities are
able to realize their promise as engines of economic growth and
human development. Why some fail, while others succeed depends
crucially on the politics and governance practices that shape
cities and metropolitan regions. Understanding the politics of
urban planning and development is therefore fundamental to
unlocking the potential of our cities to boost the wealth, health,
and well-being of citizens and communities. This course focuses on
urban politics in the United States and Europe. Key topics include
U.S. and European urban politics viewed in the large, and more
specifically the politics of land-use, economic development,
housing, water, policing, and transit. Cross-cutting themes
include: the role of business and non-profits in local governance;
citizen participation and urban social movements; the importance of
race, ethnicity, and class in shaping group conflict and
co-operation at the local level; as well as the costs and benefits
of local government fragmentation. The course involves in-class
exercises, group work, and simulations, as well as guest lectures.
Most class sessions build off single-city case studies, including
written and multi-media cases on Stuttgart, New Orleans, Atlanta,
Naples, Seattle, New York, Portland, Chicago, Detroit, London,
Boston, and Copenhagen.
The course purposes are twofold: (1) to enhance your sophistication in thinking about and analyzing the factors and conditions that shape political and planning processes at the urban level and what their consequences are; and (2) to hone your skills in thinking strategically about how to exercise influence in and on these decision processes.
Also offered by the Graduate School of Design as SES-05201.