The Politics of Housing and Urban Development

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Course Number: 
GAFL 569


  • MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Fall 2019

Course Format

On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time: 
2:00 - 5:00 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 and private capital in distressed urban neighborhoods. Course topics this semester will include an evaluation of the performance of housing and economic development policies undertaken in Philadelphia, Camden, and small Pennsylvania cities, as well as a review of strategies for acquiring and upgrading neglected vacant and investor-owned buildings and for supporting neighborhood-based retail development. Most classes will include a classroom conversation with a practitioner who is currently active in addressing these issues in the government, private, or nonprofit sector.

Fels Institute of Government

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

(215) 898-7326