Urban Policy

 

Syllabus

Urban policy is an important topic that touches on many aspects of public policy because most people live, work, and play in cities or their surrounding suburbs. This course is designed to give a theoretical and policy context for students that wish to work in local government, the nonprofit sector, economic development, or related fields. The course covers: the social and economic benefits of urban regions, key causes and implications of urban sprawl and the urban / suburban divide, tools of urban policy and economic development, and spatial analysis. As part of the class students complete GIS labs to build a basic competency in spatial analysis.  [ link ]

Lectures

  • Lecture 00: Course Overview [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 01: Cities and Prosperity [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 02: Housing Prices [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 03: Health and Sprawl [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 04: Causes of Sprawl [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 05: Governance and Regulation [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 06: Funding Infrastructure [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 07: Demographic Sorting [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 08: Economic Development [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 09: Affordable Housing [ ppt ]
  • Lecture 10: Poverty and Mobility [ ppt ]

 

GIS Labs

Here is a great API for using Census Data in R! [ gist ]

Advanced GIS

For some more advanced GIS functions check out: https://rpubs.com/ajlyons/rspatialdata

 

Resources

Strong Towns Blog [ link ]
Urban 3 - Tax Policy Storyboard [ link ]
Andrew Price Blog [ link ]