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|1||Introduction to Downtown Management Organizations|
What is "downtown" and why is it important?
How has the function and perception of downtown changed over time?
What is a downtown management organization?
The Dominance and Decline of Downtown
Guest speaker: Robert Fogelson, Professor of Urban Studies and History, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
When and why were downtowns dominant?
How and why have downtowns experienced decline?
How have scholars, politicians, and business leaders and property owners combated and contributed to the concept of decline?
|3||The Revitalization of Downtown|
|4||An Introduction to Business Improvement Districts|
How have scholars, politicians, and downtown business leaders and property owners worked to change the reality of downtown?
How have they worked to change its perception?
What is a business improvement district (BID)?
How are BIDs formed? How are they governed?
Which functions do BIDs typically perform?
|5||Business Improvement Districts (cont.)|
BIDs in New York City
Guest speaker: Susan Fainstein, Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Based on empirical evidence, do BIDs work?
Are BIDs controversial? If so, when and why?
Pennsylvania's Enabling Legislation
Guest speaker: David Cohen, Director of Development, North Philadelphia Health System; Former Executive Director of the City Avenue Special Services District in Philadelphia
How and why did Pennsylvania's enabling legislation evolve?
What are the challenges associated with creating a bi-jurisdictional BID?
What should business leaders and property owners with an interest in forming a BID know and expect about the process?
Massachusetts' Enabling Legislation
Guest speaker: Anne Meyers, President of the Downtown Crossing Association, Boston, Massachusetts
|How and why is Massachusetts' BID enabling legislation unique? |
Why and from whom have efforts to form a BID for Downtown Crossing experienced resistance?
A Regional Approach to Downtown Management
Guest speakers: Chris Leinberger, Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program, University of Michigan, and Visiting Fellow, Brookings; Jerry Johnson, Co-Director of the Initiative for a Competitive Greater Reading
What are the particular challenges/opportunities of revitalizing the smaller downtown?
Why is a regional approach to downtown revitalization important?
In what ways does a regional approach differ from a localized approach?
|10||A Global Perspective on DMOs||Students work on group project and conduct field research.|
|11||A Global Perspective on DMOs (cont.)|
Why and where did the BID model transfer?
How and why does the BID model vary across national contexts?
Discussion of Group Project
Guest speaker: Jeffrey Hebert, DUSP/MCP '04, Louisiana Recovery Authority
|Students work on group project, time permitting.|
|13||Work on Group Project||Students work on group project.|