UP594-AC - Regional Planning and Policy

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Location & Time

Fall 2012
Room 19, Temple Buell Hall
  Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 PM to 3:20 PM


Arnab Chakraborty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 2:00 PM to 3:20 PM and by appointment

Course Materials

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About the course: This course builds knowledge of principles and practices to tackle challenges that go beyond the geographical or disciplinary domain of a single agency. Through readings, seminar discussions, and assignments, students will develop an understanding of problems and settings that involve multiple jurisdictions and actors. Topics will address crosscutting issues, such as affordable housing, foreclosures, fiscal stability, and spatial inequality. The course will consider questions, such as: When are regional approaches more common and why? What are some of the common or most innovative approaches? Who are its common supporters and opponents? How do different levels of governments coordinate their
actions? How should the approaches vary from growing regions to declining ones? And, how effective have past approaches been and what have been their unintended consequences?

The course serves as a foundational elective for students interested in land use and transportation planning as well as those pursuing the sustainable design and development concentrations. It will also provide a broad understanding of governance, institutions and regulatory frameworks to students interested in other concentrations or research. It complements related offerings in the department, including UP543 Environmental Planning and Policy, UP510 Plan Making and UP460 Urban Transport and Land Use Policy.

***Update: Professor Chakraborty is part of a national team engaged in evaluating the ongoing and unprecedented federal program called Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants (SCRPG) initiative. The federal initiative is a joint effort of the USHUD-EPA-DOT and has funded projects including, regional transit planning, affordable housing, environmental risk management, community engagement, and economic competitiveness. The research team is supported by the Living Cities foundation, a collaborative of 22 of the world's largest foundations and is led by the Urban Institute, a Washington DC-based think-tank. As part of this project, Prof. Chakraborty visited a number of regions this summer that received funding, interviewed diverse stakeholders and reviewed their planning activities. He will be incorporating the cases and its lessons into class projects and activities. Stay tuned!***