This course will examine the rapid changes to the urban fabric of Boston and Cambridge. How are communities addressing rapid growth and gentrification? How effective are the steps being taken to adjust to changing climate? What does development pressure mean for the historic fabric of the city? The class will focus on communities where development is radically changing urban character, among them Alston, the Seaport, and Kendall Square. Students will study the history of these areas and evaluate how new building is reshaping them. Special emphasis will be placed on short and medium-form critical writing.