Fixed Cities: Excavating the Urban Future

Intermediate—Year

This course draws on readings in urban geography, city planning, sociology, and political economy to come to grips with the complex forces shaping the development of American cities. We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with foundational studies of the processes and power structures that form the urban landscape. We will go on to examine the historical trajectory and contemporary contours of urban issues, such as racial segregation, inequality, housing, gentrification, environmental justice, downsizing, and urban sprawl. In our discussions and conference projects, we will wrestle with the opportunities and constraints facing reformers and urban social movements and will explore progressive, radical, and utopian visions of a socially just and sustainable urban future.