Recommend Readings

[JD] = Buy at Amazon DeFilippis, James, and Susan Saegert. The Community Development Reader. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 97804155007769. [Preview with Google Books]

[IE] = Buy at Amazon James H. Carr, Nandinee K. Kutty, eds. Segregation: The Rising Costs for America. Routledge, 2008, pp. 261–78. ISBN: 9780415965347. [Preview with Google Books]

[JC] = Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Corburn, Jason. Toward the Healthy City: People, Places and the Politics of Urban Planning. MIT Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780262513074.


Part I: Foundations

1 Introductory Class: The "just city" in context None
2 The Just City: Equitable development in comparative context None
3 Demographic shifts and neighborhood change: Segregation, migration, and aging

[IE] Ellen, Ingrid. Continuing Isolation: Segregation in America Today, pp. 261–78.

Kneebone, Elizabeth, and Alan Berube. "Cul-de-sac Poverty," The New York Times, May 20, 2013.

Sharkey, Patrick, and Jacob Faber. "Where, When, Why, and For Whom Do Residential Contexts Matter? Moving away from the Dichotomous Understanding of Neighborhood Effects." Annual Review of Sociology 40 (2014): 559–79.

Woolhouse, Megan. "Poverty Persists in N. E. Suburbs," The Boston Globe, August 24, 2014.


"A Snapshot of Social Mobility in America." Brookings, 2014.


"Advocates Struggle to Reach Growing Ranks of Suburban Poor." National Public Radio, May 20, 2013.

[IE] Baker, Dean, and Heather Boushey. "Trends in the U.S. Economy: The Evolving Role of Minorities."

4 Income, wealth, and the political economy of inequality

Alvaredo, Facundo, Anthony Atkinson, et al. "The Top 1 Percent in International and Historical Perspective." Journal of Economic Perspectives 27, no. 3 (2013): 3–20.

Berube, Alan. "The Continuing Evolution Of American Poverty and Its Implications For Community Development." Brookings 2012.

Cassidy, John. "Piketty's Inequality Story in Six Charts." The New Yorker, March 2014.

Autor, David, and David Dorn. "How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class," The New York Times, August 24, 2013.

Freeland, Chrystia. "The Self-Destruction of the One Percent," The New York Times, October 13, 2012.

Greenhouse, Steven. "The Challenge of Creating Good Jobs," The New York Times, September 7, 2011.

Krugman, Paul. "Inequality Is a Drag," The New York Times, August 7, 2014.

Stiglitz, Joseph. "Capitalism Needs New Rules," The Guardian, September 2, 2014.

Besbris, Max, Jacob Faber, et al. "The Effect of Neighborhood Stigma on Economic Transactions." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, no. 16 (2015): 4994–8.

de Souza Briggs, Xavier. "Inventing the Next American Economy: Why Planning Matters and Where the Pitfalls Lie."

Edsall, Thomas B. "Capitalism vs. Democracy," The New York Times, January 28, 2014.

5 Civic context: Engagement and political representation None
6 The nature of community in 21st century America: Networks, places, social capital Chen, Wenhong, and Barry Wellman. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Charting Digital Divides: Comparing Socioeconomic, Gender, Life Stage, and Rural-Urban Internet Access and Use in Eight Countries." (PDF)

Part II: Community-based Organizing and Development

7 History and development: Politics and program None
8 Institutional context

Buckley, James M. Review Essay: "From Centered to Networked: Housing America in the Twentieth Century." Journal of Urban History 38, no. 3 (2012): 603–9.

Lemann, Nicholas. "The Myth of Community Development." The New York Times Magazine, January 1994.

Keyes, Langley C., Alex Schwartz, et al. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Networks and Nonprofits: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Federal Devolution." (PDF) Housing Policy Debate 7, no. 2 (1996): 201–29.

9 Governance at multiple scales (neighborhood, city, region)

Choi, Laura. "An Uneven Housing Recovery: Implications for Community Development." 2013.

[JD] Kubisch, Anne C., Patricia Auspos, et al. "Strengthening the Connections between Communities and External Resources."

[JD] Cordero-Guzman, Hector R., and Victoria Quiroz-Becerra. "Community-based Organizations and Migration in New York City."

Orozco, Manuel, and Rebecca Rouse. "Migrant Hometown Associations and Opportunities for Development: A Global Perspective." 2007.

Part III: Affordable and Inclusionary Housing and Homeownership
10 Housing markets and policy: The basics

Joint Center for Housing Studies. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."The State of the Nation's Housing." (PDF - 7.5MB) Executive Summary (2015): 1–6.

National Low Income Housing Coalition. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Out of Reach Introduction and Where The Numbers Come From." (PDF - 9.0MB) (2015): 1–15.

Landis, John, and Kirk McClure. "Rethinking Federal Housing Policy." Journal of the American Planning Association 76, no. 3 (2010): 319–48.

Bipartisan Policy Center. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Housing America's Future: New Directions for National Policy." (PDF - 2.9MB) 2013.

Citizens Housing and Planning Association. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."CHAPA Policy Summary on State Housing and Community Development Policy." (PDF - 8.5MB) 2014.

City of Boston. "Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030." (PDF - 19.9MB) 2014.

Dewan, Shaila. "Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class to Inland Cities," The New York Times, August 3, 2014.

"San Francisco and New York Affordable Housing Plans Compared," San Francisco Public Press, August 4, 2014.

11 Homeownership: The great American dream and the rude awakening

Reid, Carolina. "To Buy or Not to Buy? Understanding Tenure Preferences and the Decision-Making Processes of Lower-Income Households." (PDF) Harvard Joint Center on Housing, 2013.

Quigley, John, and Steven Raphael. "Is Housing Unaffordable? Why Isn't It More Affordable?" Journal of Economic Perspectives 18, no. 1 (2004): 191–214.

Herbert, Chris E., Eric S. Belsky, et al. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Critical Housing Finance Challenges for Policymakers Joint Center for Housing." (PDF - 1.9MB) What Works Collaborative Working Paper, 2012.

Engel, Kathleen C., and Patricia A. McCoy. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."A Tale of Three Markets: The Law and Economics of Predator Lending." (PDF)

Buy at Amazon Achtenberg, Emily Paradise, and Peter Marcuse. "The Causes of the Housing Problem." In Critical Perspectives in Housing. Edited by Rachel G. Bratt, et al. Temple University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780877223962.

12 Rental housing

Glaeser, Ed, Mark Joseph, et al. "The Poor Door Debate." 2015.

Rosenblatt, P., and Stefanie DeLuca. "'We Don't Live Outside, We Live in Here': Neighborhood and Residential Mobility Decisions Among Low‐Income Families." City and Community 11, no. 3 (2012): 254–84.

McClure, Kirk, Alex F. Schwartz, et al. "Housing Choice Voucher Location Patterns a Decade Later." Housing Policy Debate 25, no. 2 (2015): 215–33.

von Hoffman, Alexander. "Profiles in Preservation: New Franklin Apartments in Boston, Massachusetts." Joint Center of Housing Studies, 2014.

Short videos (3–4 minutes each) on affordable rental supply, focused on preservation as a strategy:

13 Housing as a market good: Gentrification and fair housing

Ellen, Ingrid Gould, and Kathy O'Regan. "How Low Income Neighborhoods Change: Entry, Exit, and Enhancement." Regional Science and Urban Economics 41, no. 2 (2011): 89–97.

Sard, Barbara, Phil Tegeler, et al. "Neighborhoods, Opportunities, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program." 2015.

Buy at Amazon Fennell, Lee. Chapter 1 in The Unbounded Home: Property Values Beyond Property Lines. Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780300122442.


Public housing

Buy at Amazon Vale, Lawrence J. "Standardizing Public Housing." In Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America. Edited by Eran Ben-Joseph and Terry Szold. Routledge, 2004. ISBN: 9780415948753. [Preview with Google Books]

Vale, Lawrence J., and Yonah Freemark. From "Public Housing to Public-Private Housing." Journal of the American Planning Association 78, no. 4 (2012): 379–402.

Popkin, Susan, et al. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."A Decade of HOPE VI: Research Findings and Policy Challenges." (PDF) The Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, 2004. (Executive Summary only.)

McCormick, Naomi, Mark Joseph, et al. "The New Stigma of Relocated Public Housing Residents: Challenges to Social Identity in Mixed-Income Developments." City and Community 11, no. 3 (2012): 285–308.

Joseph, Mark L., Robert J. Chaskin, et al. "The Theoretical Basis for Addressing Poverty Through Mixed-Income Development." Urban Affairs Review 42, no. 3 (2007): 369–409.


holstenchicago. "60 minutes North Town Village - Cabrini Green." August 6, 2012. YouTube.

15 Affordable housing, smart growth, and regional land use

CHP, and TransForm. "Cap and Trade Proceeds for Affordable Housing."

"Environmental Justice and Housing Worlds Seek Meeting of Minds on defining Disadvantage" California Planning & Development Report, 2014.

Transform. "Cap and Trade Funding."

CNT. "Housing and Transportation Cost Calculator."

"Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story." Policy Link, 2014.

Krugman, Paul. "Wrong Way Nation," The New York Times, August 24, 2014.

Benfield, Kaid. "Let's Not Pronounce Sprawl Dead Just Yet," The Huffington Post, October 1, 2014.

16 Alternative housing models: Land trusts and more

Buy at Amazon Tsemberis, Sam. 2010. "Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Promoting Recovery, and Reducing Costs." In How to House the Homeless. Edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Brendan O'Flaherty. Russell Sage Foundation, 2010, pp. 37–56. ISBN: 9780871544544.

McCulloch, Heather. "Sharing the Wealth: Resident Ownership Mechanisms." PolicyLink, 2001.

Thaden, Emily. "Stable Home Ownership in a Turbulent Economy: Delinquencies and Foreclosures Remain Low in Community Land Trusts." Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2011.

Curtin, Julie Farrell, and Lance Bocarsly. "CLTs: A Growing Trend in Affordable Home Ownership." Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 17, no. 4 (2008): 367–94.

Zekas, Valerie. "SF Community Land Trust Stops Ellis Act Eviction." BeyondChron, 2014.


TEDx Talks. "Housing First: Sam Tsemberis at TEDx." May 4, 2012. YouTube.

17 Mobility and the tensions between fair housing, affordable housing, and community development

Badger, Emily. "Hysteria and Racist Screeds Over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity." The Atlantic Cities Blog, 2013.

The New York Times Editorial Board. "Westchester's Tortured Road," The New York Times, June 12, 2015.

The Editorial Board. "Fair Housing Collision in Westchester," The New York Times, May 1, 2014.

Turner, Margery, et al. "Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012." (PDF - 2.4MB) Executive Summary, 2013.

"HUD AFFH Assessment Tool Option A."

"Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project Inc." Harvard Law Review, 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015).

[RP] Goetz, Chapple, and Lukerman. "The Rise and Fall of Fair Share Housing: Lessons from the Twin Cities."

Ludwig, Jens, et al. "Neighborhood Effects on the Long-Term Well-Being of Low-Income Adults." Science 337, no. 6101 (2012): 1505–10.

Sampson, Robert. "Moving and the Neighborhood Glass Ceiling." Science 337, no. 6101 (2012) 1464–5.

"Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 (PDF - 4.3MB)." U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2013.

Rogers, Christy, Jason Reece, et al. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Fair Credit and Fair Housing in the Wake of the Subprime Lending and Foreclosure Crisis: Findings from the Kirwan Institute Initiative." (PDF - 1.4MB)


The Leadership Conference. "Accents (Fair Housing PSA)." March 3, 2008. Youtube.

Rothstein, Richard. "Racial Segregation Continues, and Even Intensifies." February 3, 2012.


House Rules. This American Life. November 22, 2013.

Part IV: Local Economic Development
18 Introduction to LED None
19 Workforce development and cooperative enterprise None

Job quality and upgrading

The Apollo Alliance and Green for All with Center for American Progress and Center on Wisonsin Strategy. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Green-Collar Jobs in America's Cities." (PDF - 1.5MB)

Entrepreneurship and business development

22 Fostering and upgrading manufacturing / Regional competitiveness, clusters and neighborhood linkages

Delgado, Porter, and Stern. "Clusters, Convergence and Economic Performance." Harvard Business School, 2012. (Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness)

Scola, Nancy. "Tech and the City: New York's Latest Mega-Project is a Campus for Home - Growing Technologists, but Can a City Really Engineer and Innovation Economy?" Forefront 1, no. 21 (2012).

Buy at Amazon Christopherson, and Clark. Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy. Routledge, 2007, pp. 3–13, 108–17, and 137–49. ISBN: 9780415357432.

Held. "Clusters as an Economic Development Tool: Beyond the Pitfalls." Economic Development Quarterly 10, no. 3 (1996): 249–61.

Buy at Amazon Pastor, et al. Regions that Work: How Cities and Suburbs can Grow Together. University of Minnesota Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780816633401.

[LB] Chapter 7: Local Economic Development Strategy.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon X. Briggs. "The Civics of Economic Restructuring," "The Hyper-Organized Region: Leading the Next 'New Economy' in Pittsburgh," and "Progressive Regionalism and Entrepreneurial Government: Democratization and Competitive Restructuring in the Greater ABC, Brazil." Chapters 6, 7, and 8 in Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe. MIT Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780262026413. [Preview with Google Books]

Weissbourd, and Muro. "Metropolitan Business Plans: A New Approach to Economic Growth." Brookings, 2011.

Buy at Amazon Clark, et al. The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780199250837.

Does Manufacturing Matter?
Helper, Krueger, and Wial. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Why Does Manufacturing Matter? Which Manufacturing Matters? A Policy Framework." (PDF - 1.9MB) The Brookings Institution, 2012.

Do We Need a Manufacturing Policy?
Romer. "Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?," The New York Times, February 4, 2012.

Rebuttal, Prestowitz. "Why Don't Economists Get It On Manufacturing?" Foreign Policy, February 2012.

What skills are needed?
Davidson. "Skills Don't Pay the Bills," The New York Times, November 20, 2012.

"Making it in America." The Atlantic, January-February 2012.

What does this have to do with American Competitiveness?
Pisano, and Shih. "Restoring American Competitiveness." Harvard Business Review, 2009.

Duhigg. "How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work," The New York Times, January 21, 2012.

Herrigel, Gary. "Manufacturing Possibilities: Creative Action and Industrial Recomposition in the U.S., Germany and Japan." Journal of Economic Geography 11, no. 4 (2011): 757–9.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Dertouzos, Michael, et al. "Introduction." In Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge. MIT Press, 1989, pp. 1–22. ISBN: 9780262041003.

Buy at Amazon Rius. Marx for Beginners. Two Continents Publication Group, 1976. ISBN: 9780846702702.

Buy at Amazon Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780807848296.

Buy at Amazon Graeber, David. Chapter 1 in Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Melville House, 2011. ISBN: 9781933633862.

Cortight, Joseph. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Making Sense of Clusters: Regional Competitiveness and Economic Development." (PDF) The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2006.

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Economic Prosperity Strategy." (PDF - 6.9MB) 2014.

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."OpportunityNewark: Jobs and Community Development for the 21st Century." (PDF - 3.5MB) Executive Summary.

Porter, Michael E. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Clusters, Innovation, and Competitiveness: New Findings and Implications for Policy." (PDF - 1.2MB) European Presidency Conference on Innovation and Clusters, 2008.

23 Toward the healthy city

Arcaya, Mariana, and Xavier de Souza Briggs. "Despite Obstacles, Considerable Potential Exists for More Robust Federal Policy on Community Development and Health." Health Affairs 30, no. 11 (2011): 2064–71 and 2064–68 only.

[JC] Corburn, Jason. Chapter 2.

Buy at Amazon Fullilove, Mindy. Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It. One World / Ballantine, 2005. ISBN: 9780345454232.

Buy at Amazon Northridge, et al. "Reinventing Health and Sustainable Communities: Reconnecting Public Health and Urban Planning." In Social Inequality and Public Health. Edited by Salvatore J. Babones. Policy Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781847423207. [Preview with Google Books]

Vitiello, Domenic, and Catherine Brinkley. "The Hidden History of Food System Planning." Journal of Planning History 13, no. 2 (2014): 91–112.

Boes, Kevin. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Connecting Housing and Health Care Through Community Development." (PDF) Community Investments 25, no. 1 (2013).

"California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, Version 2.0." (PDF - 7.2MB) Guidance and Screening Tool, 2014.

"Completed HIA Projects." Human Impact Partners.

Part V: Wrapping Up
24 Course review None
25 Final team briefings None