Urban Redevelopment Policy

Urban Planning

Spring 2013

Robert Beauregard, instructor

The purpose of this course was to familiarize the student with the processes by which governments, private investors, and residents in the United States transform urban sites through varying uses, social composition, physical appearance, and market value of previously-developed. We focused on the history, rationales, financing, implementation and social impacts of these initiatives. In the beginning, we reviewed the postwar urban decline that triggered government-subsidized redevelopment along with the history of government urban policy. We then focused on planning and policy tools used in redevelopment initiatives. The course ended with the current policy concern with shrinking cities and distressed neighborhoods in such cities as Flint, Detroit and Philadelphia.