The Politics of Housing and Community Development

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Course Number: 
GAFL 5690

Course Section:



  • MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Fall 2022

Course Format:

On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time: 
1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Course Description: 

This course offers an exploration of how legislative action, government policymaking, and citizen advocacy influence plans for the investment of public capital in distressed urban neighborhoods. Course topics this semester will include an evaluation of the results of City of Philadelphia development policies under the administration of former Mayor Michael A. Nutter, as well as consideration of plans being undertaken by the administration of Mayor James F. Kenney, who took office in January. The course will also include an assessment of a large-scale property acquisition and development strategy being implemented by the Philadelphia Housing Authority in North Philadelphia and a review of recent and current reinvestment proposals for Camden's waterfront and downtown-area neighborhoods. This section is reserved for graduate and professional students.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326