Transformation of the Urban Economy: Case Studies

URPL-GP.2452, 3 points.

Semester: Fall


This course examines the tools, tactics, and theories associated with the economic revitalization of cities. Explicit theories and implicit assumptions about the economic life of cities will be illuminated through numerous real-world case studies, some of which will involve the instructor’s hands-on experience with urban park revitalization and the transformation of Times Square. Through specific examples we will examine how ideas about urban economic development shift across time and place, to better identify deeper truths. While reviewing the standard tools in the economic development toolbox, we will also look at relevant ideas and practices in corporate branding and competitive strategy, managing public space, nurturing creative industries, and changing regulations. Across all categories and case studies, we will repeatedly ask: What are the things that make cities thrive and grow, and how does one nurture those things?


CORE-GP.1011; PADM-GP.2140 or URPL-GP.2608

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2014Tim TompkinsSyllabus
Fall 2012Tim TompkinsSyllabus
Fall 2011Tim TompkinsSyllabus
Fall 2009James P. StuckeySyllabus
Fall 2008James P. StuckeySyllabus
Fall 2008Syllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2014Tim TompkinsEvaluation
Fall 2013Tim TompkinsEvaluation
Fall 2011Tompkins, TimEvaluation
Fall 2010Stuckey, JamesEvaluation
Fall 2009Stuckey, JamesEvaluation
Fall 2008Stuckey, JamesEvaluation
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