|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
Part I: Foundations
Key demographic, economic, and political trends affecting urban areas; major controversies tied to equity and equitable development.
|1||Introductory Class: The “just city” in context: Trends, dilemmas, scales (neighborhood, city / town, region).|
|2||The Just City: Equitable development concepts and cross-national comparisons.|
|3||Demographic shifts and neighborhood change: Segregation, migration, and aging.|
|4||Income, wealth, and the political economy of inequality.|
|5||Civic context: Engagement and political representation.|
|6||The nature of community in 21st century America: Networks, places, social capital.|
Part II: Community-based Organizing and Development
Contrasting approaches to community development: Social movement building and program and policy development, debates and complementarities.
|7||History and development: Politics and program.|
|8||Institutional context: CDCs and other CBOs, intermediaries, government, foundations / donors, labor unions and other, private partners.|
|9||Governance at multiple scales (neighborhood, city, region): Issues of representation, accountability, co-production, coalitions, power.||Midterm exam due one day after Session 9|
|Part III: Affordable and Inclusionary Housing and Homeownership|
|10||Housing markets and policy (A): Supply and demand fundamentals, shifting preferences, efficiency and affordability outcomes.|
|11||Housing markets and policy (B): Homeownership.|
|13||Housing as a market good: Gentrification and fair housing.|
Public housing, income concentration, and mixed-income housing.
Guest: Larry Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT.
|Detailed team problem statement due one day after Session 14|
|15||Affordable housing, smart growth, and regional land use.|
|16||Alternative housing models: Land trusts and more.|
|17||Mobility and the tensions between fair housing, affordable housing, and community development.|
|Part IV: Local Economic Development|
|18||Introduction to LED.|
|19||Workforce development and cooperative enterprise.|
Job quality and upgrading.
Guest: Paul Osterman, member of the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at MIT.
Entrepreneurship and business development.
Guest: Karl Seidman, Senior Lecturer in Economic Development, MPP Harvard.
|22||Fostering and upgrading manufacturing.|
|23||Toward the healthy city.||Individual decision memo due one day after Session 23|
|Part V: Wrapping Up|
|24||Course review.||Team presentations|
|25||Final team briefings.||Team presentations (cont.)|
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