This class will focus on urban politics and policies as they relate to the economic, social and spatial development of metropolitan areas. We we will ask why cities and place matter and explore patterns of urban spatial development in the US. We will investigate the politics and policies that have led to “urban sprawl” and uneven development, particularly in post World War II period. We will discuss the social, economic, political implications of this form of development, focusing especially on the politics of race and class. By inserting cities, especially NYC, into the global context, we will read about neoliberal restructuring processes as well as crisis or austerity urbanism. We will analyze urban politics and power through Post World War II developments in New York City. Throughout the course we will engage specific policy arenas, such as land use and zoning, housing, economic and neighborhood development, “law and order” and education or youth-oriented policies.
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