The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Urban Policy Course

Published Jan 30, 2009

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Examine economic, political, social and spatial factors that can lead to urban growth and decline in the free online course 'The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities.' Part of the graduate program in Urban Studies and Planning, this OpenCourseWare is offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.

The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities: Course Specifics

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The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities: Course Description

Students utilizing this free OpenCourseWare from MIT will explore how industrialization, politics, social practices and technology have affected cities, downtown areas and suburbs. They will see how public and private sector activities contribute to an area's decline or growth, such as infrastructure development and investment in real estate. Students also will examine the connection between urban growth and development on regional and national scales. Other key topics of this online course include downtown development, sprawl and suburbanization. MIT Professor Diane Davis leads this graduate class, which is part of the Urban Studies and Planning program.

A list of readings and examples of past students' work are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities course page.

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