This three-credit course meets on Wednesdays from 9 am - noon. The professor is John Schlegel.
Course description: The effects of public and private economic development initiatives are hotly debated. In the Buffalo area, at least, publicly funded economic development, especially large-scale infrastructural improvements, seem not to have worked very well. Recent scholarship has suggested why that is the case. However, there has not been much work directed toward understanding what makes public or private economic development initiatives successful, much less toward identifying less grand public economic development activities might contribute to that success. The study of economic development is a multifarious enterprise. This semester we will focus on residential development in any area, be it city or suburb. We will begin with what even after over 50 years is the baseline understanding of residential life: Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and then move on to more recent ideas that are based on Jacobs? book. Students, working in groups, should expect to acquire detailed knowledge of a specific neighborhood in the area and to use that knowledge to develop a plan for improving the residential economy of that neighborhood.
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