Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar

URPL-GP.2670, 3 points.

Semester: Fall


This interdisciplinary seminar brings together law, urban planning and public policy students to analyze historical and contemporary trends in affordable housing, community development, land use, and housing finance using New York City as a laboratory that is both unique from, and similar to, other American cities.  The course focuses on housing/community development policy, real estate and mortgage financing, subsidies, community participation, environmental impact, and neighborhood change such as gentrification and displacement, with particular emphasis upon how issues of race, poverty, and the economic climate affect federal, state, local and community responses.  We will discuss the causes and consequences of government intervention in housing and neighborhoods, developing tools for students to determine the need for public intervention, the optimal design and financing of housing and community development programs, and how to evaluate success. 
A field trip is planned.  Each student will complete a group project on a cutting-edge community development issue requiring research, limited interviews with key stakeholders and thoughtful policy recommendations.  The grade will be based upon class participation, a financial exercise, the group project paper and a presentation. 

This course requires an application.  Registration directions can be found at the following link - - in the course highlights section.

The course is taught at the School of Law.

Prerequisites: none

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2015Sarah Sheon Gerecke, Jerry SalamaSyllabus
Fall 2014Sarah Sheon GereckeSyllabus
Fall 2012Sarah Sheon GereckeSyllabus
Fall 2011Sarah Sheon GereckeSyllabus
Fall 2010Jerry SalamaSyllabus
Fall 2010Sarah Sheon GereckeSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2015Sarah GereckeEvaluation
Fall 2015Jerry SalamaEvaluation
Fall 2014Jerry SalamaEvaluation
Fall 2014Sarah GereckeEvaluation
Fall 2013Sarah Sheon GereckeEvaluation
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Salama, Jerry J
Gerecke, Sarah S

Weekly Schedule:
Mon - 4:10 pm to 6:00 pm

Session Dates:
08/31/2016 to 12/09/2016

Bldg:FURH Room:C10