Introduction to Housing, Community, and Economic Development

Protesters stand on a beach at nightfall with a neon blue sign that reads “Water is a right”.

In 2014 the city of Detroit shut off water to about 15,000 residential customers who fell behind with paying their bills. Protesters in this picture declared solidarity with the people of Detroit, claiming water as a basic human right. This course will examine controversies tied to equity, community development, and policy planning. (Image courtesy of Joe Brusky on flickr. License CC BY-NC.)


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Fall 2015



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This course provides students with a critical introduction to: social and economic inequality in America; equitable development as a response framework for planners; social capital and community building as planning concepts; and the history, development, and current prospects of the fields of housing (with an emphasis on affordability and inclusion) and local economic development.

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J. Thompson, and Justin Steil. 11.401 Introduction to Housing, Community, and Economic Development. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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