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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 11.439 (Spring 2005) 
  • 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 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features a set of urban design exercises in study materials and a summary of all the class content in the lecture notes.

    Course Description

    This course 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 four 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;
    3. the policies, interventions, and investments used to foster urban commercial revitalization; and
    4. the formulation of a revitalization plan for an urban commercial district.

This course content is a redistribution of MIT Open Courses. Access to the course materials is free to all users.

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