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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 11.489 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Urban Studies and Planning 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Diane Davis 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 11.489 The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities

    Fall 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features a full list of readings and assignments, as well as a selection of exemplary students' work.

    Course Description

    This course examines the economic, political, social, and spatial dynamics of urban growth and decline in cities and their key component areas (downtown, suburbs, etc.). Topics include impacts of industrialization, technology, politics, and social practices on cities. Students will examine the role of public and private sector activities, ranging from zoning and subsidies to infrastructure development and real estate investment, in affecting urban growth and decline. Readings are both theoretical and empirical, with considerable thought paid to comparative and historical differences.

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