Public and Private Development

This course explores the analytic frameworks, skills, and bodies of knowledge required to understand, evaluate, plan, and implement public and private development within cities and surrounding regions. Using lectures, discussions, case studies, and individual/team exercises, the course teaches students how to measure the complex blend of public and private actions promoting growth and change against financial, economic, legal, institutional, political, and other planning metrics. Planning techniques that are specifically explored include, among others, public subsidies (grants and loans), public land acquisition and disposition through RFPs, strategic provision of physical infrastructure, inclusionary zoning, linkage, and business improvement districts.