This course introduces graduate students to topics in community financial justice and strategies for achieving equitable community development. Students will examine ways that communities have organized to gain access to capital; methods and mechanisms to ensure equitable development; and technical tools needed to secure and retain community assets in lower income urban neighborhoods and communities of color. Students will learn about challenges and impediments that community organizations face, particularly in the contexts of lending and housing discrimination and the ongoing economic and foreclosure crises.
The course exposes students to a variety of perspectives, and students are expected to evaluate with a critical eye the validity and efficacy of all strategies. The course uses New York City neighborhoods as laboratories for observing