URP 508 - Race, Class, Gender and the City

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The development of U.S. urban centers is driven by an urban duality fueled by race, class and gender dynamics. The same forces are triggering changes not only in the city but across the suburban region as well. 

This course grapples with the underlying forces driving this change process and offer suggestions for planning a more inclusive and equitable city. This course explores the intersectionality of race, class, gender & the city in the knowledge city and urban metropolis. It shows how the shift from an industrial to knowledge-based economy reshaped and recreated the central city and its surrounding suburban region. In the new knowledge-based central city and suburban region [the urban metropolis], the interplay among race, class, gender and income were the forces shaping the urban structure, form and social interaction. The new urban metropolis is characterized by uneven neighborhood development, gentrification, and exclusive residential development. The course not only explores the dynamics of race, along with social and gender inequality, but also it examines ways to reimagine underdeveloped neighborhoods and discuss strategies to build the just city, where neighborhood equity and inclusive neighborhoods of choice dominate the urban landscape. 


Dr.  Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos.