This course will examine economic forces and public policies that have shaped modern cities and metropolitan areas in the US and other countries. We will explore federal land use policies and programs in community development, affordable housing, workforce development and the environment designed to mitigate the effects of the land use policies. The course will concentrate on the physical, geographical and built aspects of metro areas, but will also address the realtionship between the physical nature and the quality of community that develops, focusing on low-income communities. Guest speakers will provide local examples of how public policies are implemented.
You will be able to identify policies that have shaped the physical environment of cities and metropolitan areas and understand their impact on low-income populations, the role of cities and NGOs as change agents and the importance of civic engagement in a region's quality of life.
Enrollment in a graduate program at Carnegie Mellon including programs at the Heinz College or in civil engineering or a five year program in architecture at the College of Fine Arts.