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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 11.439 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Revitalizing Urban Main Streets 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Urban Studies and Planning 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Karl Seidman
    Prof. Susan Silberberg 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 11.439 Revitalizing Urban Main Streets

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    This course features lecture notes and a comprehensive student report in the assignments section.

    Course Description

    Revitalizing Urban Main Streets focuses on the physical and economic renewal of urban neighborhood Main Streets by combining classroom work with an applied class project. The course content covers three broad areas:
    1. an overview of the causes for urban business district decline, the challenges faced in revitalization and the type of revitalization strategies employed;
    2. the physical and economic development planning tools used to understand and assess urban Main Streets from physical design and economic development perspectives; and
    3. the policies, interventions, and investments used to foster urban commercial revitalization.

    The course has dual goals: to explore the integration of economic and physical development interventions in ways that reinforce commercial district revitalization efforts, and to apply this knowledge through the development of a formal neighborhood commercial revitalization plan for a client business district.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.


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