|Semester and Year||SP 2012|
|Instructor||René Francisco Poitevin|
|Time||11:00 AM - 1:45 PM|
Two questions inspire this course. First, what determines urban policy in New York City? What are the political and economic forces shaping the priorities and policies of the City of New York? Second, how do NYC neighborhoods—especially poor and minority ones—influence public policy in a context where the dominant "expert-knows-best" model of city planning makes it harder for those community members, not already conversant in the language of public policy, to make their voices heard? Using specific NYC neighborhoods as case studies—the Lower East Side, East Harlem, and the South Bronx—our goal is to develop a nuanced account of how urban and economic development works at the local level, and to deepen our understanding of the opportunities and challenges confronting community organizations that work on policy advocacy issues. Readings include: Harvey Molotch's Urban Fortunes, Tom Angotti's New York for Sale, Arlene Dávila's Barrio Dreams, Evelyn González's The Bronx.
Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)