The urban geography seminar, GEO 8200: Downtown Turnaround? Exploring changing economic, political, and social contexts in the space of U. S. downtowns, taught by Dr. Brenda Kayzar, will be held Fridays 10:00am-12:30pm in Spring 2009.
Spring 2009 Urban Geography Seminar
Exploring changing economic, political, and social contexts in the space of U. S. downtowns
Does renewed investment, reformulated governance, and a shift in consumer preferences equate to success for U. S. center cities, as the popular media and marketing agencies suggest? Or have the neo-liberal practices of public-private partnerships exacerbated uneven development and inequities in these urban landscapes? In this seminar we will examine the various perspectives and interpretations of the urban revitalization phenomenon. Economic growth, capital flows, political will, demographic shifts, homelessness, and arts and culture are some of the topics that will be examined through varying lenses; highlighting the links and disconnects between urban theory and practice. This seminar will appeal to graduate students interested in theorizing social, economic, and political aspects and understandings of space, and examining how theory is translated in practice, the planning and development literature, and the experience of place. Graduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds are also encouraged to participate.
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