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Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar

Course Description

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.

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