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URP 402 – Planning Detroit: Past, Present, Future


This course will offer an introduction to the history and potential future of urban and regional planning in Detroit and in its metropolitan area. It will start by discussing earliest efforts to plan for a better future for the city of Detroit by creating low-cost housing in the 1930s, proceed through several decades to describe comprehensive planning, the urban renewal era, and more recent redevelopment; review barriers to effect planning in the future; and then describe recent efforts to create an updated and well-planned future for the city and its neighborhoods. The course will also discuss the origins and evolution of metropolitan planning, and discuss why efforts to plan the region as a whole have faltered, because of political fragmentation, weak state laws, and a history of racial and socio-economic segregation. The course will provide at least one field trip to the city of Detroit.


Mon, Wed 1:30-3:00pm 2210 A&AB


June Thomas


Course Brief

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning