Why are some urban areas thriving while others continue to struggle? This course will explore the history—and legacy—of our efforts to revitalize our urban centers. We will examine the lifecycle of a cross-section of urban communities, the forces behind their decline, the policies and key stakeholders who spearheaded their revival and explore why some have not yet recovered. This course places special emphasis on the role race has—and continues to play—in our housing and urban policies and explores the policy conflicts and tensions that arise over who pays the costs of urban revitalization. Not offered every year.
Prerequisites: Methods of Political Inquiry and one other 200 level course, or the permission of the instructor.