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1 Proposal: number 132

132. HNRS 226: Shaping the Future of New York City

Contact:Ross Wheeler
Abstract:The purpose of Seminar 4 is to analyze the ongoing interplay of social,
economic, and political forces that shape the physical form and social dynamics
of New York City. University Scholars study certain important historical
moments in the formulation of social policy, such as the fiscal crisis of the
1970s, welfare reform, and the formation of the Health and Hospitals
Corporation. The seminar addresses major events in the creation of public
space, such as the implementation of the Grid Plan, the redevelopment of Times
Square, the creation of Central Park, and the construction of the World Trade
Center and Battery Park City. By studying the institutional agents of change in
the city С federal, state, and city government, public authorities, private
sector interests, community boards, and community-based organizations С
students come to appreciate the roles people take or are given in the process
of government and the ways in which these roles are affected by patterns of
inequality and power. Seminar 4 also considers New York City in the larger
context of the region, the nation, and the world. Throughout the semester,
students engage in a team research project on a current planning or policy
issue to understand where the city is going, who will make the decisions, and
how fair the outcome is likely to be.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
HNRS 226 2009-04-30 SS Submitted Dept
HNRS 226 2009-04-30 US Submitted Dept
HNRS 226 2009-09-02 SS Approved GEAC
HNRS 226 2009-09-02 US Approved GEAC
HNRS 226 2009-09-10 SS Approved UCC
HNRS 226 2009-09-10 US Approved UCC
HNRS 226 2009-10-15 SS Approved Senate
HNRS 226 2009-10-15 US Approved Senate