Topic: Sustainable Urban Development
Implementing Sustainable urban development programs requires addressing three primary long-standing tensions in American cities: (1) the often contentious balance between governmental authority and the operation of a “free-market” economy; (2) the tension between central-city and community empowerment; and (3) the conflict between professionalism and democracy. Based on class discussions and readings (notably Portney’s book) analyze how proponents of sustainable urban development try to manage these tensions in devising their plans to fashion development that is both sustainable and politically feasible.
Kent Portney, Taking Sustainability Seriously: Economic Development and Quality of Life
in American Cities, 2nd Ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013. [ISBN: 978-0-262-51827-7]