GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Susan Fainstein

05484: Redevelopment Policy (SES 0548400)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30   Gund 111
Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30   20 Sumner 1C

Instructor(s)
Susan Fainstein

Course Description

Urban redevelopment is the process by which government, private investors, and households transform the uses and financial returns of the urban built environment. As an area of public policy it is a response to the perceived deterioration of cities caused by initial poor construction, decay, economic restructuring, regional shifts, suburbanization, and social segregation. Different social groups receive different costs and benefits as a consequence of redevelopment efforts. The objective of this course is to examine the process of urban decline, the kinds of responses that it has evoked, the principal redevelopment actors, the possible range of redevelopment strategies, and the social and spatial impacts of redevelopment efforts. Topics to be covered include: the history of redevelopment programs; the character of the real estate industry; offices, tourism and entertainment as strategies for central city revival; community-based efforts for neighborhood revitalization; historic preservation and its implications; gentrification; issues of class and race; international comparisons. Class discussion is an essential part of the course. Written assignments will consist of two papers, the first to be based on library research and the second to involve original research. There will be a field trip to examine an ongoing redevelopment program.


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