This course will introduce you to the field of Urban Studies. We will investigate why cities are places of economic and political opportunity for some and places of deprivation, discrimination, violence and impoverishment for others. We will explore how urban restructuring since the 1970s has increased the income gap in major metropolitan areas such as New York. We will also discuss different theories of urban poverty and inequality and examine the impact of immigration, racial segregation, suburbanization, public policies, and social movements on U.S. cities and their inhabitants. Paying particular attention to inequalities based on race, class, and gender, we will analyze proposals to reduce these inequalities.
With the intention of making this class more meaningful, this class and its assignments will be centered around the co-creation of a digital urban archive that will not only serve certain purposes in our class, but will serve as a public archive containing accessible information about urban development and urban inequality. YOU will be the creators and authors of this archive.