Political Economy of Urbanization
This lecture course explores the fundamental socio-economic processes at work in the development of cities, the restructuring of social and economic relationships brought about by the urbanization process and the implications for future urban life. The role of government in influencing and being influenced by urbanization is emphasized, including specific considerations of zoning, historic preservation, design review and economic incentives. Urban phenomena such as sprawl, inner city revitalization, gentrification and New Urbanism are included in the discussions. Prerequisite(s): URBA 319.