The aim of this course is to analyze the ongoing interplay of social, economic, and political forces that shape the physical form and social dynamics of New York City. By looking at certain historical junctures and major development policies and initiatives we will study the institutional agents of change in the city – federal, state and city government; public authorities; private sector interests; community boards; and community-based organizations – in order to understand how decisions are made and power and opportunity are (unevenly) distributed in the city. In doing so we will explore the close relationship between physical space and social relations, including the interaction of inequality, race, gender and class.
Your syllabus can be found here.
Readings can be found here.
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